I am an Indian citizen, planning to visit my friend in UK during April-May 2021. I have couple of questions that I would like to ask.

  1. I would have to self-isolate in UK for 10 days, Where do I need to isolate ? Can I isolate at my friend's place ? My friend is staying in a room inside a rented flat where other flat mates are also staying in their own rooms.

  2. What should be the ideal duration of the visit ? Last year in March 2020, I applied for UK Visitor visa for 10 days. My Visa was issued but I couldn't travel due to Covid-19.

  3. What are the chances for visa issuance ? I am only going to visit my friend and have no plans to visit any tourist places.

  • At this time it makes a big difference from which country/area you come how you need to quarantine. And chances for visa are speculation but the UK is in the middle of a health emergency and not welcoming visitors right now. – Willeke Feb 28 at 10:10
  • @Willeke They should have suspended the Visitor visa but they haven't. – Aak Feb 28 at 10:13
  • There are still valid reasons to visit the UK, if very few, so suspending the visa is not the right thing to do. But visiting 'a friend' is likely not strong enough a reason. – Willeke Feb 28 at 10:14
  • @Willeke should I wait until Jun 21, 2021 then ? – Aak Feb 28 at 10:17
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    I think you should plan travel no earlier but likely much later, as it is not at all sure travel will be back to normal any time soon. (I personally have a good reason to want to be in the UK in September but have not taken any steps in organizing the travel, as it is still to unsure.) – Willeke Feb 28 at 10:20

Q1: India is not currently on the ‘red list’. When you arrive in England you must travel directly to the place you’re staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. You are allowed to stay with friends; you must quarantine in one place for the full quarantine period, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and it must be at the address you provided on the passenger locator form.

You should avoid contact with other people during quarantine. This typically means staying in a separate room from other people, and ideally avoiding use of shared areas such as bathroom/kitchen.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-quarantine-when-you-arrive-in-england

Q2: There is no ‘ideal duration’. You need to demonstrate that you are a genuine visitor who will leave the UK at the end of your planned stay. Typically that means that your reason for visiting makes sense, you have sufficient funds to cover the likely costs of the trip (and that cost is in proportion to your financial circumstances), and you can prove a compelling reason to return to your country of residence. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-v-visitor

Q3: No-one can predict your chances, however the fact that your previous application was approved is a positive sign, unless your circumstances have significantly changed since then.

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