The United Kingdom has revoked visa free access to citizens of Dominica and Vanuatu. The changes to immigration rules will come into effective from July 19, 2023 from 3pm. This was announced by Secretary of State for the Home Department (Suella Braverman) has today made in a Ministerial Statement

The UK Government came into this conclusion after careful consideration of Dominica’s and Vanuatu’s operation of a citizenship by investment scheme has shown clear and evident abuse of the scheme, including the granting of citizenship to individuals known to pose a risk to the UK.

Arrangements are in place so that the nationals of these countries can apply for visas. We are also publicising the changes so travellers are aware and can plan accordingly. There will be a four-week, visa-free transition period for those who hold confirmed bookings to the UK made on or before 1500 BST 19 July 2023 where arrival in the UK is no later than 16 August 2023. Arrangements in hand to provide visas for diplomats from these countries currently working at the embassy in London.

Last year Vanuatu, EU suspended visa free regime for Vanuatu citizens who have invested and received passports by investing after 2015.