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Enter UK with Standard Visitor visa during Covid time

Enter UK with Standard Visitor visa during Covid time

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Cornwall, United...
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Where are you coming from and will you be flying direct?

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Where are you coming from?

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the visa and immigration rules have not changed but the covid regulations have added an additional layer

if you are not a citizen or resident you can enter without a special reason but need to test, quarantine and test - if you have been in a red list country in the last 14 days then you cannot enter

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19

note that england scotland wales an NI have different rules and that the country is still in lockdown

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#3, this does not apply to red-listed countries. If the OP's country is red-listed they won't be able to enter the UK.

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England, United...
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Tao you know you need to quarantine but do you realise that you need to quarantine on your own?

You should not do it with your girlfriend - unless she agrees to quarantine too - meaning not to leave the building or anyone going in. So she can't go shopping or to work.

Or after 12 April you should book a self catering accommodation with food deliveries, linen etc.

You will need to use the form showing where you will quarantine and how to contact you. You will need to show you have booked the tests.

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Tao, do you live in Switzerland - and/or will you have been in Switzerland in the 14 days immediately before your arrival? (I am asking because you are obviously not a Swiss citizen - you wouldn't be asking about a visa if you were)

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What I read in the OP is a fear that perhaps visas are in some way invalidated at the moment, and this is not the case. In fact, there's an article in The Times today where Border Force staff are claiming that of the 20,000 people arriving every day, 8,000 are tourists - at a time when UK residents are not permitted to go on holiday at home or abroad! So the OP is free to come and visit his girlfriend, though he wouldn't be if he lived here.

Incidentally #6 isn't right, is it? You're supposed to avoid contact as far as possible (which may negate the purpose of the visit) but the girlfriend doesn't have to quarantine.

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Can they stay with their girlfriend though? I thought we weren’t allowed overnight visitors.

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the limitation is on gatherings indoors with a specific exception for households

provided the OP is forming a household with his gf and not planning on moving around various places then it is OK

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