United Kingdom eliminates visa requirement for Colombia, Guyana and Peru

From November 9th, the UK will eliminate the entry visa requirement for citizens of Colombia, Guyana and Peru for six-month trips. In addition, several airlines have welcomed this announcement and are looking to improve flight connections between the UK and South America and the Caribbean.

Colombia

Avianca welcomes this decision and is working with Heathrow Airport (LHR) authorities to expand its services between Bogota (BOG) and London (LHR) by 2023. Recently, the company received several pairs of slots at Heathrow from Aeroflot, which were confiscated by the airport authority to the Russian airline because of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

“As soon as the post-pandemic restrictions were lifted, we were the first to want to fly. Today we also welcome the government’s decision and believe this is an opportunity to have additional capacity to and from this goal. We will work with the authorities and Heathrow Airport to make this a reality,” said Adrian Neuhauser, President and CEO of Avianca.

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In 2014, Avianca began operations between Bogota (BOG) and London (LHR) with daily flights and is the only airline to connect the United Kingdom and Colombia with non-stop flights. By 2022, the Colombian airline has mobilized almost 90,000 passengers and 2,500 tons of cargo on four hundred flights on this route.

flight schedule
  • Bogota – London Flight AV 120 BOG 23:15 – LHR 15:39+1
  • London – Bogota Flight AV 121 LHR 22:40 – BOG 03:29+1

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The route is operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 250 seats in two classes (28 Business Class/222 Economy) and daily.

Guyana

Airlines including InterCaribbean praised the move, offering Guyanese travelers the option of connecting to London via their non-stop service between Georgetown (GEO) and Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI), which operates nine flights a week.

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In addition, from March 27, 2023, British Airways will be the only European airline to operate in Guyana, where it will offer a connection from London via St Lucia (UVF) with two weekly flights operated by Boeing 777-200ER.

flight schedule
  • London Gatwick – St Lucia Flight BA 2159 LGW 11:35 – UVF 15:35+1 Monday and Thursday
  • St. Lucia-Georgetown Flight BA 2159 UVF 16:25 – GEO 18:05 Monday and Thursday.
  • Georgetown – Saint Lucia Flight BA 2158 GEO 19:50 – UVF 20:15 Monday and Thursday.
  • St Lucia – London Gatwick Flight BA 2158 UVF 22:15 – GEO 11:45+1 Thursday and Sunday.

In 2019, 7,630 Brits arrived in the country and more than 27,000 Guyanese live in the UK, according to the UK Department for Migration.

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Peru

There are currently no non-stop connections between Peru and the United Kingdom, the last operation between both nations was by British Airways with a route between London Gatwick (LGW) – Lima (LIM), at the moment the company has not yet announced that it will be returning in the land of the Incas.

According to data from Aviacionline via the British Civil Aviation Authority, 43,281 passengers were mobilized between London and Lima in 2019.

This decision to abolish the visa will also increase the flow of short-term trips by Peruvian students and researchers to the UK, a premier academic hub. British universities accept more than 500 Peruvian students each year. It will also help increase investment and trade opportunities between the two nations, especially in the mining sector.

See also: Six airlines win Aeroflot slots at Heathrow



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