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UNITED KINGDOM – Countries Added to Visa List
July 24, 2023
Effective 19 July 2023 an updated Statement of Changes was published by the UK Government updating the visa national list under Appendix Visitor. The following countries now form part of the visa national list:
Citizens of the affected countries may still travel to the UK without a visa if they have a travel booking that was made before 15:00 BST on 19 July 2023; however they must arrive on or before 16 August 2023.
There is a 4-week transition period for any nationals included within the changes who scheduled their UK travel prior to 3:00 PM on 19 July 2023 and will arrive in the UK by no later than 16 August 2023, whereby they are exempt from the requirement.
Those individuals affected by the changes without an existing confirmed travel booking who were intending to travel within up until 16 August, will need to ensure a visa in place prior to UK travel. Future visitors will need to factor visa preparation times, costs and processing times into their plans.
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