India added to the Red List countries
British nationals, Irish nationals or third-country nationals with residence rights and travelling to England are exempt from the ‘red list’ ban, but will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel facility for 10 days upon arrival and comply with all travel restrictions, including pre-departure testing.
‘Residence rights’ includes (but is not limited to) Student, Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer routes. It also applies holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave, those with rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including those with right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers) and family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
Further information, including the link to booking the mandatory hotel quarantine, is available here.
With regards to visa service, UKVI India have provided the following information:
- They will continue to process non-Visit applications – such as Student, Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer.
- They will continue to accept Visit Visa applications – including 2, 5 and 10 year visit visas, and transit visas – however they will now defer issuing visit and transit visas until UK travel advice changes. If however, a visitor or transit application does not meet the requirements of the UK Immigration Rules it will be refused within UKVI’s normal customer service standards.
- They will continue to process and return cases that have already been applied for, as the local situation allows.
- Priority Visa and Super Priority will be suspended for all categories of visa until further notice.
- UK Visa Application Centres will continue to operate, dependent on local rules and situations. However, services will likely run with reduced hours, reduced appointments and reduced staffing, to ensure staff and customer safety. They strongly advise customers to check the latest guidance on the VFS website before applying and selecting a VAC.