Oct 22. As of November 9, the United Kingdom 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 aim to improve air connectivity between the UK and South America and the Caribbean.
Avianca welcomes this decision and is working with Heathrow Airport (LHR) authorities to increase its services between Bogota (BOG) and London (LHR) by 2023, recently the company obtained several slot pairs at Heathrow, coming from Aeroflot, which were revoked by the airport authority to the Russian airline because of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Airline operators such as InterCaribbean praised the move, offering Guyanese travelers the ability to connect to London via its non-stop service between Georgetown (GEO) and Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI), which operates nine flights a week.
In addition, as of March 27, 2023, British Airways will be the only European carrier to operate in Guyana where it offers connection from London via St. Lucia (UVF) with two weekly flights operated on Boeing 777-200ERs.
Currently there are no non-stop services 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), for the moment the company has not yet announced its return to the Inca country.
This visa elimination decision will also increase the flow of short-term travel of Peruvian students and researchers to the UK, an excellent academic center. UK universities accept more than 500 Peruvian students each year. It will also help boost investment and trade opportunities between the two nations, particularly in the mining sector.