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London news and tips 2018


On 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the EU of the UK’s intention to leave on March 29th 2017. A long and complex series of negotiations is now underway over the future relationship of the UK and the EU. Until the UK formally leaves the EU in March 2019, the relationship between the two will remain unchanged. During this period, citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland may still enter the country without requiring a visa. There is also no indication of immediate changes to travel regulations for visitors from outside of Europe as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. Future travel regulations and immigration policy between the EU and the United Kingdom will be decided as part of the negotiation period. The UK government has stated that no changes to immigration policy will be made without the formal consent of parliament, in the form of an immigration bill.

Chinese tourists and entrepreneurs can now obtain UK and European visas in a single process. FCO provides an on-demand visa service which is currently available in 59 cities. In addition, they also operate a mobile visa service whereby a representative will go to a location of the applicants’ choice, take their biometrics and check through the application form. The process takes approximately five minutes and group sizes of up to 100 can be accommodated.

When people from overseas are considering a holiday abroad, the thought of the UK visa application process can put them off choosing Britain as their destination. It is unfairly perceived as too slow and complicated.  To help change this view, UKVI has launched a social media activity in key visit visa markets at the beginning of the peak application period, to improve perceptions among potential travellers and encourage travel to the UK.  THE UK IS JUST THREE STEPS AWAY is aimed at independent travellers in countries where a visa is required to visit the UK, including China. Applying for a UK visa is easier than you think. Follow the 3 simple steps to start your great British adventure www.gov.uk/visituk