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UK announces changes to COVID-19 rules – as the virus takes “New Year, New Me” seriously!

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by UK Immigration Lawyers in India & UK

Published on: 01 Dec 2021
Reading time: Approx 4 mins

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Coronavirus has made a comeback with a rather strong variant ‘Omicron’ and the UK has enforced COVID-19 New Rules 2021 earlier yesterday to tackle the situation before it worsens.

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What has changed?

  • Masks are mandatory in the UK in shops, public transport, salons, post offices and banks
  • Face coverings should be worn by students and staff in communal spaces at all the secondary schools and universities
  • BUT – pubs, restaurants and any other hospitality set-up are exempted
  • Fines for non-compliance

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PCR tests are made mandatory

for those arriving in the UK from abroad and travellers will be required to take a test 2 days after returning and compulsory be in self-isolation until their test results come back negative.

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Only British and Irish citizens will be allowed into the UK

from the new red list countries in the Southern Africa. They are obligated to show a negative test taken within 3 days of departure and post their landing; they have to spend 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel, which costs about £2,225 (for a single person).

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Everyone over the age of 18 years will be able to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine,

after the government-backed expansion of the vaccination programme to deal with the probable impact of the Omicron variant.

As of 28th November 2021, any person identified who has made a close contact with someone with the Omicron variant will have to be in self-isolation for 10 days; regardless of vaccination status.

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If you want further details or need assistance in extension of your existing visa due to Covid-19, you can speak to our expert:

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