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Visa applications for the United Kingdom have changed and free movement to and from the EU will come to an end on December 31, 2020 for UK passport holders. It is therefore vital that corporate travellers stay up to date with requirements and application changes post-Brexit.
Business travellers that are applying for a Skilled Worker visa will need proof of a job offer, be proficient in English and earn at least £25,600 (approx. R517 990) annually. The processing of these visa applications may take up to 3 weeks.
Visa applications in Global Talent, Innovator and Start-Up categories in the fields of engineering, science, tech or culture, opened on 1 December 2020.
The UK government has announced that they are in the process of setting up a new Border Operations Centre, which it says will ensure round-the-clock surveillance of goods and passengers coming in and out of British ports for the first time. New cutting-edge software will be put in place to monitor the entering or exiting of the UK at its borders, as of January 2021.
They’ve also reduced the quarantine period for travelers arriving from high-risk destinations from 14 to 10 days (as of 14 December 2020).
Rest assured that our travel experts are ready to guide and assist you through these new procedures and protocols.