My context:

  • Started a job in the UK in late 2019
  • Got a Tier 2 (General) work visa
  • Got a "Leave to Remain" BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) valid for 3 years.
  • Rented a flat already.
  • Came to my home country in South America just for a field-work (far away from Brazil)
  • Last week, had my flights cancelled. There are no outbound flight to the UK at the moment [1]
  • UK's Foreign Office says I'm banned to enter if I have been in my country in the last 10 days.
  • My company is waiting for me, I'm working remotely in the meantime.
  • I don't know if my immigration status gives me residence rights in the UK Screenshot from H.M. Foreign Office web page, link above

How do I get back to the UK, my flat, and my work? Any suggestions are welcome.

[1]: * Although, I could travel via USA, stay there for 11 days, and then flight to the UK, and make my self-isolation. Can I?


A valid biometric residence permit proves that you are a British resident and you would be eligible to enter UK despite the travel ban.

From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina (e.g. for Argentina, but the definitions are the same for all countries)

You would be required to self-isolate for 10 days and follow all public health instructions applicable to you.

  • Thanks!!! Didn't see that change until yesterday. They added this explicit definition of "residency rights" just 5 days ago.
    – fvlr
    Jan 20 '21 at 18:54

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