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UK tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Updated: September 9, 2023

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The UK tourist visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. UK tourist visa application is online but the rest of the process requires an in-person appointment for biometrics.

The UK or the United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To visit any of these four countries, you would need a UK tourist visa. UK tourist visas are valid for 6 months and you can stay up to 180 days in the UK.

The UK tourist visa application process is long and there is no status tracking. Make sure to start your UK visa process at least two months from your intended date of travel to the UK.

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UK TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

United Kingdom Tourist Visa Requirements by Nationality

Minimum passport validity required to enter the UK

  • Passport must be valid for the entire stay in the UK

Visa EXEMPT nationalities

Unlimited entry.

  • This requirement will change from 01 Jan 2021 when UK will no longer be part of the EU
  • Czech Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland

6-month entry

  • You must carry all documents needed for a visitor visa to show at the port of entry if asked
  • Visa is REQUIRED if you have a criminal record or refused entry into the UK before
  • Anguilla (British territory)
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bermuda (British territory)
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba (Dutch territory)
  • British Virgin Islands (British territory)
  • Cayman Islands (British territory)
  • El Salvador
  • Falkland Islands (British territory)
  • Marshall Islands
  • Montserrat (British territory)
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Island (British territory)
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Timor Leste
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (British territory)
  • United States of America
  • Vatican City

Visa REQUIRED nationalities

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • Congo, Dem. Rep. of
  • Congo, Rep. of
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Turkmenistan

Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) required nationalities

  • United Arab Emirates

24-hour VISA-FREE entry at Heathrow airport

  • Eligible to request a 24-hour VISA-FREE entry at London’s Heathrow airport if holding a valid visa from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or any EU/Schengen country
  • Must be in transit to/from the country of visa (Ex: if holding a Canada visa, you must be in transit to/from Canada only)
  • Onward flight must be within 24 hours (on the same day or next day before midnight)
  • Granting the 24-hour entry is at the sole discretion of the immigration officer
  • Applies to all nationalities

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UK TOURIST VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

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First, check if you need a visitor visa to travel to the UK in the “UK tourist visa requirements by nationality” section above.

Alternatively, you can check your eligibility and requirements on the UK gov website .

Validity of UK tourist visa

UK tourist visas are valid for 6 months from the date of visa issue.

Example: If your UK visa was issued on January 15, the visa will be valid until July 15. 

NOTE There have been instances where visas were issued with validity starting from the date of travel mentioned in the visa application. 

When to apply for UK visa

You can apply for a UK visa up to 3 months in advance.

Example: If you plan to visit the UK on April 15, you can apply for your UK visa on or after January 16.

Also, keep in mind that you must apply for your UK visa at least 3 weeks prior to your travel, otherwise, you may not receive your visa on time. There are no refunds if you receive your visa after your travel date. 

IMPORTANT The UK visa process can take up to 3 weeks and even longer in some cases. I strongly recommend applying for your UK visa at least 2 months in advance.

How long can you stay in the UK?

The UK tourist visa allows you to stay up to 180 days in the UK. But if you stay that long continuously in the UK on a tourist visa, you will have serious trouble getting another UK visa in the future or entering the UK next time.

Here is my advice. Stick to the days you have mentioned in your UK visa application. A few days more or less is fine. But staying months on your UK tourist visa will pretty much look like you “live in the UK” rather than “vacation/holiday”. 

Application procedure

The UK visa application is online. You must apply for the visa online at the UK Visas and Immigration website

Below are the steps you will go through for your UK tourist visa application

  • Go to the UK Visas and Immigration website
  • Select your preferred language, type of visa, your country, nearest visa application center, etc
  • Create a login using email and password
  • Complete in the application form
  • Sign the declaration
  • Pay visa fee
  • Submit the application
  • Download and print the submitted visa application form
  • Make an appointment at your nearest UK visa application center
  • Attend the appointment at your nearest UK visa application center
  • Submit your passport, visa application and supporting documents at the visa application center
  • If applying from the US, Australia or New Zealand, mail your passport, visa application and biometrics receipt to your nearest visa application center
  • Pickup/receive the passport when the visa decision is made

Below are some of the information you will provide in the application form

  • Your travel dates to the UK
  • Your hotel address and telephone number in the UK
  • Your total estimated cost for the trip
  • Your present home address and how many years you’ve lived there
  • Your parents’ names and their dates of birth
  • Your annual income
  • Your travel history for the past 10 years
  • Your employer details including the address and telephone number

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Documents required

The following are the documents required for UK visitor visa application 

  • Completed online visa application form with GWF number
  • A passport-size photo (optional)
  • If employed – an employment letter on company letterhead indicating your length of employment, salary, role, etc.
  • If self-employed – a business registration document indicating your business name, date of business, etc.
  • If student – a letter from the school/university on the letterhead indicating your enrollment, leave of absence, etc.
  • Proof of funds ( bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months)
  • Proof of legal residence (if applying from a 3rd country. you must submit a copy of your visa or residence permit of that country)

Do you need flight tickets and hotel bookings for the UK visa application?

UKVI has stopped asking for flight tickets and hotel bookings for UK visa applications. But some nationalities are still being asked to submit flight tickets and hotel bookings.

When you complete your online UK visa application, you will see a checklist of documents to be uploaded. Check if you are asked to submit flight tickets and hotel bookings.

Even if you are asked to submit your flight tickets and hotel bookings, you should not book any flights/hotel until your UK visa is approved.

For flights, get a price quote from British Airways which can be used as a flight itinerary for your UK visa application. Visa ticket booking agencies such as DummyTicket offer flight itineraries for the UK visa for $19, valid for 2-3 weeks.

For hotel, book a refundable or pay at check-in hotel on booking.com or Expedia . Cancel the booking after your visa is approved.

For more options, check out my detailed flight itinerary and hotel reservation articles.

Photo requirements

A passport-size photo is only required if are exempt from biometrics. All tourist visa applicants MUST give their biometrics. Your fingerprints and digital photos are taken during your biometrics appointment.

Since all tourist visa applicants MUST give their biometrics, a passport-size photo is not required. But, I suggest bringing one with you on the day of your biometrics appointment just in case.

Visa application fee

The UK tourist visa application fee is £95 GBP. You will pay this fee in your local currency. Due to exchange rates, you may end up paying about £2 – £5 GBP more.

You can use the UK home office visa fee wizard to find out the exact visa fee that you would need to pay in your local currency. 

If you are applying for a long-term UK tourist visa, below is the visa fee for 2, 5 and 10-year tourist visas. 

  • 2 years: £361 GBP
  • 5 years: £655 GBP
  • 10 years: £822 GBP

Visa appointment

As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to make a visa appointment at your nearest UK Visa Application Center . Visa Application Centers are run by either VFSGlobal or TLSContact in conjunction with UK Visas and Immigration.

On the day of the appointment, you will give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) and submit your original documents. You must bring all your original documents along with one photocopy of each including your passport.

Applicants from the USA, Australia (Adelaide and Hobart only) and New Zealand

You must give your biometrics at your nearest Biometric Enrollment Center and later send/post your documents to the nearest UK Visa Application Center.

During your online UK visa application, you will be prompted to make a biometrics appointment at your nearest Biometric enrollment center.

  • Biometric enrollment centers in the USA are run by the US Homeland Security.
  • Biometric enrollment centers in Australia are run by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • Biometric enrollment centers in New Zealand are run by Immigration New Zealand.

The biometrics appointment takes about 10-15 minutes. You will give your fingerprints and photo. You will receive an acknowledgment stamp on the biometric appointment confirmation.

You must then mail your original passport, visa application, biometric confirmation with the stamp, supporting documents and return postage to the UK Visa Application Center you have selected during your online visa application.

You will be notified via email when the UK Visa Application Center receives your documents.

Visa processing time

The UK tourist visa processing takes up to 3 weeks. There have been incidents where UKVI has taken over 2 months to process, especially when the visa applications are “not straightforward”.

UKVI considers a visa application “not straightforward” if additional information is required to process the visa. Additional information can be, verifying information, background check or requesting additional documents. UKVI usually notifies you in such cases and requests any additional documentation necessary.

Keeping such incidents in mind, ALWAYS apply for your UK visa at least 2 months prior to your travel.

If you have to travel sooner, you should purchase the “Priority Visa Service” while applying online. Or at least before you mail/submit your documents. This way your visa application will be processed within 5 working days.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE When I applied for my UK visa, the visa processing time was about 2 weeks. I had a planned trip to Canada before my trip to the UK. My trip to Canada was in 4 weeks, so I thought I had enough time to apply for my UK visa. However after I submitted my passport, the email confirmation said the visa process would take up to 4 weeks. I panicked. I went ahead and paid for the priority visa service. I panicked again. Then I emailed a formal visa withdrawal request, so I could at least get my passport back and make my trip to Canada. However, my visa was processed within 2 days of paying the priority visa service fee. Please do not make the same mistake as I did. Apply for your UK visa at least 2 months prior to your travel.

Visa application status tracking

Online visa application tracking is NOT AVAILABLE on the UK Visas and Immigration website. To track your UK visa application status, you must use UK Visas and Immigration’s email or phone option, which unfortunately is NOT FREE.

UKVI charges for all phone and email inquiries. 

Below are UK Visa and Immigration phone, email details and charges.

PHONE Telephone: +44 2034811736 Available 24 hours from Monday to Friday Calls cost £1.37 per minute plus any international call charges

EMAIL Email communication must be initiated via Email UK Visas and Immigration Email inquiries cost £5.48. Follow-up emails after that are not charged. You will receive a response to your email within 2 working days.

You must give out your credit card information for billing when you start the phone inquiry. For email, you must fill out the payment form and then you can submit your email inquiry.

PERSONAL OPINION Email inquiries generally receive a standard response saying that your application is “in process”. Phone inquiries are slightly better and cheaper.

Priority visa service

If you would need to travel to the UK urgently, you can opt for the “Priority Visa Service”.  This service is expensive and may not be available in all countries. If available, you will see the option in your online UK visa application. 

  • Priority visa service fee: £220 GBP
  • Visa processing time: Guaranteed in 5 working days

Priority visa service must be purchased during your online visa application. This will ensure your visa is processed within 5 days.

Purchasing this service after you have submitted/mailed your documents will take much longer than 5 working days. You must first pay the fee on the Visa Application Center (VAC) website and then email the receipt to the Visa Application Center where you have submitted/sent your documents. It can take more than a day for the VAC staff to locate your packet and push it into the priority queue

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I purchased my priority service after I had mailed my documents. My visa application was approved within two days of buying the priority visa service.

Super priority visa service

If you would need to travel to the UK immediately, you can opt for “Super Priority Visa Service”. This service comes with a hefty price tag, so purchase this service only in super urgent, emergency cases. 

  • Super priority visa service fee: £956 GBP
  • Visa processing time: Guaranteed in 24 hours

Cancel your UK visa application

If you haven’t given your biometrics at the visa application center yet, you can cancel your UK visa application and get a full refund of your visa fee. The procedure to cancel your UK visa application depends on at what stage your application is in.

Application not submitted and fee not paid : If you haven’t paid your fee and haven’t submitted your application, there is a “Delete Application” option that will delete your current visa application.

Application not submitted but fee already paid : If you have already paid your fee and have not yet submitted your application, you can still delete your application but you may have to send a formal refund request in writing to the visa application center.

Application submitted, fee paid but haven’t given your biometrics : If you haven’t given your biometrics at VFS/BLS, you can cancel your application and request for a refund. The refunds take 4 weeks. 

Application submitted, fee paid, biometric given , and documents/passport already submitted: If you have already given your biometrics and submitted your documents/passport, you CANNOT cancel your visa application anymore. You can only WITHDRAW your visa application. You must email the visa application center a formal withdrawal request. Upon receipt of the withdrawal request, the visa application center will return/mail your passport back. Any visa fee and priority service fee paid are not refundable. 

IMPORTANT Even though UKVI says the refunds are processed in 4 weeks, it usually takes 8 weeks or even longer. There have been instances where applicants waited several weeks and some even gave up on their refunds. However, I have seen applicants having success in getting their refunds by reminding UKVI with phone calls or emails. It costs about $5 USD to email them, but it helps in getting your refund eventually. 

Withdraw your UK visa application

The UK visa application center keeps the passport for the entirety of the visa process, which could be 3 weeks or more. There may be emergencies where you need to have your passport with you. The only way to request your passport back is by formally withdrawing your visa application. 

If you withdraw your application, the visa fee and any priority service fee you have paid are NOT refundable.

To withdraw a visa application, you must submit a withdrawal request along with the reason for the withdrawal to the visa application center via email. It might take up to 72 hours for the consulate to locate your packet and send it back to you.

You must first call/email the UK Visas and Immigration mentioning your intention to withdraw your application. They will guide you through the process of withdrawing your application. Usually, the UK visa application withdrawal request should be a signed document with personal information including the GWF number. This document must be printed and signed. It must be scanned and emailed to the visa application center. Below is a sample withdrawal request letter.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hereby request to withdraw my UK visa application. I understand that the visa fee is non-refundable. I also understand that my package may not be shipped for up to 72 hours.

Full Name of the Applicant: <name> GWF Number: <GWF number> Date of Birth: <date of birth> Nationality: <Nationality> Country of Residence: <Country of residence> Passport number: <Passport number> Type of Visa Applied: General Visit (up to 6 months) Biometric taken date:  <biometric date> Visa application centre’s address:  <address of the visa application center where you have submitted your documents> Contact number of the applicant: <Your phone number>

Priority Service Paid: <YES/NO> Priority Service Paid On: <Priority service purchased date>

Reason for Withdrawal: Emergency international travel has been scheduled. I need to have my passport in order to travel. Please return my passport as soon as possible. Thank you!

<Your signature here> Signed: <Your full name> Date: <date>

IMPORTANT Cancellation or withdrawal is NOT a refusal. It WILL NOT affect your future UK visa applications. You don’t need to mention it in your future UK visa applications either.

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE UK

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Entering the UK by air

At the immigration, the officers may ask you questions about your trip, how long you plan to stay, your next destination, etc. You may be asked to show your return/onward ticket and your hotel booking. If you are traveling on a one-way ticket, you can use OnwardTicket to get proof of your onward ticket. 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: The immigration officer at Heathrow Airport asked me to show my return/onward ticket. I had a print of my onward ticket, so quickly took it out and gave it to the immigration officer.

Get a proof of onward ticket for your trip from OnwardTicket

Leaving the UK by air

If you are flying out of Heathrow Airport, make sure to arrive early. The airport is huge and you may have to take a bus from the gate to the flight.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is GWF number in UK visa application ?

GWF reference number is the unique visa application number that was provided to you on your visa application submission. You must provide your GWF number when calling or emailing UK Visas and Immigration. Without the GWF number, UK Visas and Immigration will not be able to provide you with a status update on your visa application.

What to do if my UK visa application is refused?

If your UK visa application is refused, the first thing is to understand the  reasons for your UK visa refusal . If the reason is due to missing information, proof of funds or documentation, make sure to fix these the next time you apply for your UK visa.

Write a detailed cover letter explaining the reasons for your previous visa refusal, missing information/documentation and any additional information/documentation that you have provided in the new application. This will help the ECOs cut to the chase and focus on the new information/documentation.

There is no “appeal” for UK visa. So, re-apply for your UK visa by making sure you have the new information, proofs and documents that were lacking previously. You must pay the visa fee again as the fee paid for your previous application was non-refundable.

If you do not know the reason for your visa refusal/denial, give at least 6 months before you apply for the visa again. 

Can I get my UK visa application fee refund if denied?

No. The visa fee and any priority service fee paid are non-refundable if your visa application is denied. The visa fee is also non-refundable in incidents where the visa is approved for less number of days than requested.

I’m planning to visit the UK and Schengen countries on a single trip. Should I apply for my UK visa first or Schengen visa first?

If you plan to visit the UK and Schengen countries on a single trip, ALWAYS apply for your UK visa first. 

UKVI keeps the passport for the entirety of the visa process and there is no visa status tracking. Calls and emails to customer service are charged. Even if you pay and contact, you will usually get a canned response. If your UK visa is refused, there is no “appeal”. You can only re-apply, which means you have to repeat the entire process again.

On the other hand, the Schengen visa application process is much streamlined. There is application tracking, customer service and appeal. 

I highly recommend applying for your UK visa first and get done with it. After that, apply for your Schengen visa. 

When applying for your UK visa, show a “UK-only” itinerary for your UK visa. This eliminates the need for submitting your Schengen visa, flights in/out of the Schengen region, etc. 

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The UK tourist visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. But, the visa application process is long and expensive. Apply at least 2 months in advance, and follow all the proper steps and documentation. Tourist visas are usually multiple-entry with 6 months validity.

WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI

Thirumal Motati

Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.

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The United Kingdom is amongst the most frequently visited destinations for travellers in the world. What adds to UK’s allure is its proximity with the Schengen region that opens up seamless tourism opportunities for travellers if they combine their UK travel with a visit to continental Europe, to behold its many brilliant landscapes and landmarks. In order to make your UK visa application process hassle-free and convenient, UK Visas and Immigration and VFS Global offer you an exclusive array of value-added services.

This is in addition to the Premium Lounge facility and the On Demand Mobile Visa services available at the UK visa application centres.

Choose from any of these time-saving services:

Keep Your Passport When Applying

If you need to apply for multiple visas, such as a UK / Schengen combination, or wish to make a short trip while waiting for your UK visa to be processed,

you will find the ‘Keep My Passport When Applying’ service at the UK Visa Application Centre very helpful. After enrolling your biometrics and submitting your visa application at the UK visa application centre, if you have opted for this service, your passport is handed back to you.

This is extremely useful if you want to carry on with another country’s visa application formalities, as this service allows you to keep your passport with you.

You can keep your passport with you until the UK embassy makes a decision regarding your visa, one way or the other.

Once the decision is made, you will be called once again to complete the procedures as required by the embassy.

The visa application centres of UK and Schengen countries are often conveniently located next to each other at the VFS Global centres. This facility enables applicants to finish the visa formalities of multiple countries along with that of UK in a single day.

Super Priority and Priority Visas

Need a visa at short notice? The Super Priority and Priority Visa services are options for those who need to travel urgently.

For Priority Visa applicants, the process takes 3–5 days, while for Super Priority Visa applicants, this speeds up to a single business day. Super Priority Visa Service is available at VFS Global’s UK visa application centres in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Do note that the eligibility for application for either of these services may vary.

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How To Get A UK Tourist Visa

Published: November 19, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Hannis Butt

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Introduction

Traveling to the United Kingdom, with its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cities, is a dream for many. If you are planning a trip to the UK and require a tourist visa, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to obtain one. Whether you are visiting famous landmarks like Big Ben in London, exploring the charming countryside of Scotland, or experiencing the cultural offerings of cities like Manchester or Edinburgh, a tourist visa is essential for a hassle-free journey.

The UK tourist visa, also known as a Standard Visitor Visa, allows individuals to enter the UK for tourism, visiting friends or family, or participating in short-term educational or business activities. It is crucial to understand the visa application process and fulfill the necessary requirements to ensure a successful application.

Obtaining a UK tourist visa involves several steps, such as determining your eligibility, gathering the required documents, completing the online application form, attending a biometric appointment, and submitting your application. Additionally, there are fees to be paid, and the progress of your application can be tracked online.

In this guide, we will carefully outline each step, providing you with the necessary information and tips to simplify the application process. By following these guidelines, you will be well-prepared to navigate the complexities of obtaining a UK tourist visa and embark on your memorable journey to the UK.

Step 1: Determine your eligibility for a UK tourist visa

Before beginning the application process, it is essential to determine whether you are eligible for a UK tourist visa. The eligibility criteria are defined by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and must be met in order to proceed with the application.

To be eligible for a UK tourist visa, you must:

  • Intend to visit the UK for no more than six months
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay
  • Provide evidence of accommodation arrangements for your stay
  • Provide evidence of your intent to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • Have no history of criminal activities or immigration violations
  • Not be involved in any activities that are not allowed under the tourist visa category

It is important to note that the UK tourist visa does not permit you to work or study in the country. If you plan to engage in any employment or educational activities during your visit, you may need to apply for a different visa category.

Once you have determined your eligibility, you can proceed to the next step of gathering the required documents to support your application. It is crucial to carefully review the specific documentation requirements outlined by the UKVI to ensure you have everything in order before proceeding with the application process.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

One of the most critical aspects of applying for a UK tourist visa is gathering the required documents to support your application. These documents serve as evidence of your eligibility and intentions during your visit to the UK. It is essential to gather and prepare these documents in advance to prevent any delays or issues with your application.

The specific documents you will need to provide may vary depending on your individual circumstances, but generally, you will need the following:

  • Valid passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your planned departure from the UK.
  • Completed visa application form: Fill out the online visa application form accurately and truthfully, providing all the required information.
  • Passport-sized photographs: Most applications require two recent color photographs of yourself, meeting the UKVI specifications.
  • Proof of accommodation: Provide documentation, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from friends or family with whom you will be staying in the UK.
  • Proof of financial means: Demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover your expenses during your stay in the UK, such as bank statements, pay stubs, or sponsorship letters.
  • Travel itinerary: Provide a clear itinerary of your planned activities in the UK, including details of your accommodation, transportation, and any booked tours or events.
  • Travel insurance: It is advisable to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellation, and loss or theft of belongings.
  • Additional supporting documents: Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to provide additional documents such as proof of employment, educational enrollment, or marital status.

Remember to carefully review the UKVI guidelines and requirements to ensure you have all the necessary documents and meet the specific criteria for your application. Failure to provide the required documents or submitting incomplete or inaccurate information can lead to the rejection of your visa application.

Step 3: Complete the online application form

Completing the online application form is a crucial step in obtaining a UK tourist visa. The application form collects your personal information, travel details, and reasons for visiting the UK. It is important to provide accurate and complete information to avoid any delays or complications in the processing of your application.

To complete the online application form, follow these steps:

  • Create an account: Visit the official website of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and create an account to start your application. Make sure to have all the necessary documents and information readily available before you begin.
  • Provide personal information: Fill in your personal details, including your full name, date of birth, nationality, contact information, and passport details. Ensure that the information matches exactly as it appears on your passport.
  • Travel details: Specify the purpose of your visit as tourism and provide details of your travel itinerary, including your planned arrival and departure dates, the address of your accommodation, and any planned excursions or activities.
  • Biometric information: You will be required to provide biometric information as part of the application process. This usually involves having your fingerprints and photograph taken at a designated Visa Application Centre (VAC).
  • Health and character declarations: Answer the health and character-related questions honestly and accurately. If applicable, provide any relevant information about previous criminal convictions or medical conditions.
  • Review and submit: Before submitting your application, thoroughly review all the information you have entered to ensure its accuracy. Making any necessary corrections or updates at this stage is crucial.

Once you have completed the online application form, you will be required to pay the application fee. Only after the payment is made will your application be considered. It is important to keep a record of your application reference number for future use and to track the progress of your application.

Completing the online application form correctly and providing accurate information is key in ensuring a smooth visa application process. Taking the time to double-check all the details entered will help avoid any unnecessary delays or complications with your UK tourist visa application.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

After completing the online application form for a UK tourist visa, the next step is to pay the required application fee. The fee amount will depend on the type of visa you are applying for and the duration of your intended stay in the UK. It is important to note that the application fee is non-refundable, even if your visa application is rejected.

To pay the application fee, follow these guidelines:

  • Check the current visa fee: Visit the official UK government website or the website of the UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in your country to determine the current application fee for a UK tourist visa. The fee may be subject to change, so it is essential to check the most up-to-date information.
  • Choose a payment method: The payment options may vary depending on your location and the specific VAC you are applying through. Generally, the most common payment methods include online payment through a debit or credit card or payment at the VAC in cash.
  • Make the payment: Follow the instructions provided on the payment portal or at the VAC to complete the payment process. Ensure that you provide the necessary details accurately and verify the transaction before proceeding.
  • Keep the payment receipt: Once the payment is made, ensure that you receive a payment receipt or confirmation. This will serve as proof of payment and should be kept securely for your records.

It is crucial to pay the application fee promptly after completing the online application form. Failure to pay the fee may result in the rejection of your visa application. Additionally, keep in mind that the processing of your application will not begin until the fee has been successfully paid.

Remember, the application fee is subject to change, so it is important to stay updated with the latest fee requirements. Always check official government sources or consult with the relevant Visa Application Centre for accurate and current information regarding the application fee for a UK tourist visa.

Step 5: Book your biometric appointment

As part of the UK tourist visa application process, you will need to attend a biometric appointment to provide your biometric information. This includes having your fingerprints and photograph taken at a designated Visa Application Centre (VAC). Booking your biometric appointment is a crucial step in the visa application process, and it is important to do so in a timely manner.

To book your biometric appointment, follow these steps:

  • Check the appointment availability: Visit the official website of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) or the website of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in your country to check for available appointment slots. It is advisable to book the appointment as soon as possible to secure your preferred date and time.
  • Provide required information: During the appointment booking process, you will need to provide personal information, including your passport details, visa application reference number, and other relevant details as requested. Ensure that you enter the information accurately to avoid any issues.
  • Select the location: Choose the VAC location where you would like to attend your biometric appointment. Consider factors such as proximity, convenience, and availability when making your selection.
  • Confirm your appointment: Once you have selected the desired appointment slot and location, confirm your booking. You may receive a confirmation email or receipt with the appointment details. Keep this information handy for future reference.

It is important to note that you must attend the biometric appointment in person. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your visa application. Arrive at the VAC on time and ensure that you have all the required documents and information with you.

During the biometric appointment, a trained staff member will take your fingerprints and photograph as per the UKVI guidelines. It is essential to cooperate and follow their instructions to ensure that your biometric data is captured accurately.

Booking your biometric appointment is a crucial step in the UK tourist visa application process. By following the steps outlined above and attending the appointment as arranged, you will be one step closer to completing your visa application and embarking on your journey to the UK.

Step 6: Attend the biometric appointment

Attending the biometric appointment is a crucial step in the process of obtaining a UK tourist visa. This appointment allows the authorities to capture your biometric information, including your fingerprints and photograph, which will be used for identity verification and visa processing.

Here’s what you need to know about attending the biometric appointment:

  • Come prepared: Make sure to bring all the necessary documents and items to the appointment. This may include your passport, appointment confirmation, printed application form, and any other documentation specified by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
  • Arrive early: It’s advisable to arrive at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) a few minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will allow you sufficient time to check in and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Follow instructions: Once you’ve checked in, a staff member will guide you through the appointment process. Listen carefully to their instructions and provide the required information and documents as requested.
  • Provide biometric information: During the appointment, you will be asked to provide your fingerprints and have your photograph taken. Follow the instructions from the staff and cooperate to ensure accurate and high-quality biometric data is captured.
  • Ask questions if needed: If you have any doubts or concerns during the appointment, don’t hesitate to ask the staff for clarification. They are there to assist you and ensure a smooth process.
  • Keep the receipt: After completing the biometric appointment, you will receive a receipt or confirmation. Keep this document safe, as it will serve as proof that you have attended the appointment.

Attending the biometric appointment is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a UK tourist visa. Make sure to follow the instructions provided and provide accurate information during the appointment. Any discrepancies or false information may lead to delays or a visa rejection.

Once the biometric information has been successfully collected, it will be linked to your visa application, and the processing of your application will continue. You can now move on to the next step of submitting your application.

Step 7: Submit your application

After completing the biometric appointment, the next step in the UK tourist visa application process is to submit your application. This involves sending your application, along with all the necessary supporting documents, to the designated UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) or embassy.

To submit your application, follow these steps:

  • Package your application: Gather all the required documents, including your completed application form, supporting documents, and any additional paperwork requested by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Ensure that your documents are organized, clear, and complete.
  • Check visa application center requirements: Review the specific requirements provided by the VAC or embassy where you will be submitting your application. This may include guidelines on packaging, size and format of documents, and any additional instructions.
  • Pay for the courier service (if applicable): Depending on the location, you may need to pay for a courier service to have your application and documents delivered to the UKVI. Follow the instructions provided by the VAC or embassy to arrange for this service, if necessary.
  • Submit your application: Visit the VAC or embassy in person to submit your application or follow the instructions for mailing your application. Ensure that you have all the required documents, including your passport, application form, supporting documents, biometric receipt, and any applicable fees.
  • Obtain a receipt: Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a receipt, which serves as proof that your application has been submitted. Keep this receipt safe, as you may need it to track the status of your application.

It is crucial to carefully review your application and supporting documents before submission to ensure accuracy and completeness. Any missing or incorrect information may result in delays or even rejection of your visa application.

After submitting your application, the processing time will depend on various factors, including the volume of applications and the complexity of your case. It is important to track the progress of your application, which can usually be done online using the reference number provided on your application receipt.

By carefully following the steps outlined above, you will be on your way to submitting a well-prepared and complete UK tourist visa application. With patience and thoroughness, you maximize your chances of a successful outcome and can look forward to exploring all the wonders that the UK has to offer.

Step 8: Track the progress of your application

After submitting your UK tourist visa application, it’s important to stay informed about its progress. Tracking the status of your application allows you to know when a decision has been made and when you can expect to receive your passport with the visa.

Here are the steps to track the progress of your application:

  • Keep your application reference number: When you submitted your application, you received a reference number. This number is crucial for tracking purposes. Keep it safe and easily accessible.
  • Visit the official website: Go to the official UK government website or the website of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) where you submitted your application.
  • Locate the tracking feature: Look for the tracking feature on the website. It may be labelled as “Track your application” or a similar option. Click on it to proceed.
  • Enter your reference number: Enter your application reference number in the appropriate field. Fill in any other necessary information requested.
  • Check your application status: Submit the information and wait for the tracking results. The status of your application will be displayed, indicating whether it is still under consideration or a decision has been made.
  • Stay informed: Keep checking the tracking system regularly for updates on your application. Be patient, as the processing times can vary depending on various factors.

It’s important to note that while tracking your application can provide an estimate of its progress, it does not guarantee a specific outcome. The final decision on your visa application will be communicated to you through the appropriate channels.

If there are any concerns or if you believe your application is taking longer than expected, you may contact the VAC or embassy where you submitted your application for further assistance. They can provide additional information or insights regarding the processing of your application.

By keeping track of your UK tourist visa application, you can stay informed about its progress and be prepared to receive your passport with the visa once a decision has been made. It brings assurance and peace of mind knowing that you are actively monitoring the status of your application.

Step 9: Collect your passport with the visa

After the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has processed your UK tourist visa application, the final step is to collect your passport, which will now contain the visa. This is an exciting moment as it means you have been granted permission to travel to the United Kingdom.

Here’s what you need to do to collect your passport with the visa:

  • Wait for notification: Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be notified by the Visa Application Centre (VAC) or embassy where you submitted your application. This notification could be via email, phone call, or SMS, depending on the preference you indicated during the application process.
  • Arrange for collection: Follow the instructions provided to arrange for the collection of your passport. Some VACs may offer a courier service to deliver your passport to your chosen address, while others may require you to collect it in person. Ensure that you adhere to the specified method of collection.
  • Bring necessary documents: When collecting your passport, ensure that you have the required documents with you, which may include your original application receipt, identification documents, and any additional paperwork specified by the VAC or embassy.
  • Check the visa: Once you receive your passport, carefully check the visa sticker to ensure that all the details are correct. Verify that the visa type, dates, and personal information are accurate and as expected. If there are any discrepancies, immediately bring them to the attention of the VAC or embassy.
  • Safely store your passport: After collecting your passport with the visa, keep it in a safe and secure place. It is an essential document, and you will need it for your travel to the United Kingdom. Make sure to also make copies or scan the pages for backup purposes.

Remember, it’s important to keep your passport and visa secure during your entire journey. Make sure to have multiple copies of your passport and visa in case of loss or theft. It’s also advisable to inform a trusted person of your travel plans and share copies of your travel documents with them.

With your passport now containing the UK tourist visa, you are ready to embark on your journey to the United Kingdom. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the visa conditions and any additional requirements specified by the UKVI to ensure a smooth entry into the country.

Congratulations on successfully completing the UK tourist visa application process, and enjoy your time exploring the wonders of the United Kingdom!

Obtaining a UK tourist visa may initially seem like a daunting process, but with careful planning, attention to detail, and following the steps outlined in this guide, it becomes more manageable and achievable. From determining your eligibility to collecting your passport with the visa, each step plays a crucial role in ensuring a successful application.

Remember to thoroughly research the specific requirements and guidelines provided by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and the Visa Application Centre (VAC) or embassy where you will be submitting your application. Pay close attention to the details, gather all the necessary documents, and provide accurate information throughout the process.

Throughout your journey, it is essential to stay patient, organized, and proactive. Keep track of your application, stay informed about any updates or changes, and contact the relevant authorities if you have any concerns or questions. Keeping copies of your important documents and sharing your travel plans with trusted individuals adds an extra layer of security.

Embarking on a trip to the United Kingdom is an opportunity to immerse yourself in its rich culture, fascinating history, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you plan to explore iconic landmarks in London, venture into the Scottish Highlands, or soak up the charm of a bustling English market town, obtaining a UK tourist visa paves the way for an unforgettable experience.

We hope this comprehensive guide has provided you with valuable insights and guidance in obtaining your UK tourist visa. By following these steps and being well-prepared, you are equipped to navigate the visa application process with confidence. Have a remarkable journey and enjoy all that the United Kingdom has to offer!

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How to Get a UK Visa

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If you are not a British citizen, you may need permission from the government to enter or stay in the country. Applying for a visa to the United Kingdom (UK) is a straightforward process. The type of visa you apply for will depend on your reasons for going to the UK, whether that's to visit, study, work or settle.

Applying for a Visa

Step 1 Check if you need a visa.

  • Certain groups have free passage into the UK. Citizens of other European Union nations, non-EU members of the European Economic Area, Switzerland, and members of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) do not need a visa.
  • People who definitely need a visa include those who are stateless, hold a non-national travel document, hold a passport from an authority unrecognized in the UK, or are a refugee.

Step 2 Find out what kind of visa you need.

  • There are a number of other countries from which the UK does not require a visa for any visit less than six months, including the United States. When you search for your visa, the British government will tell you that, and also provide a list of documents you will need when you enter the country.

Step 3 Get tested for tuberculosis (TB).

  • The clinic that tests you must have been approved by the British Home Office. The British government has a full list of the countries that require a test, as well as lists of approved clinics. [4] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source
  • There are some additional rules that provide exemptions from TB testing. If you are a diplomat accredited to the UK, a returning resident who hasn’t been away for more than 2 years, or you lived for at least 6 months in a country that the UK doesn’t require testing from and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months, you don’t need a TB test for a UK visa.

Step 4 Fill out an application.

  • You will need to register an account at the site before you begin. You will need to include information such as your name, date of birth, nationality, and current address and contact information.
  • You can receive the forms in your native language, but all of your answers need to be given in English.
  • There is a specific new service available for Standard Visitor, Marriage Visitor, and Permitted Paid Engagement visas from China, India, Russia, Belarus, Benin, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey.
  • The UK does not allow the online application in every country. If yours is one of them, you need to go to the application centre and fill one out there.

Step 5 Pay the visa fee.

  • There are additional services available in some countries, such as priority service for fasting processing. You will be able to select and pay for these services when you fill out the online application. You can also select and pay for some of these services at the application centre when you submit your application.

Submitting Your Visa Application

Step 1 Find your local visa application centre.

  • To receive a British visa while in Canada, for example, you will need to visit one of the centres in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax, or St. John’s.
  • Some countries do not have application centres, so you will need to apply through a centre in a neighboring country. For example, if you hold a passport from Bhutan, you will need to visit an application centre in India for your visa.

Step 2 Make an appointment.

  • Remember to bring any supporting documents required to your appointment as well. These documents can include a confirmation of your appointment, a valid passport or travel document, a signed and dated printout of your application, a printout of your payment receipt, and any other supporting documents relevant to your application.
  • Your appointment will include the collection of biometric information, such as fingerprints and a photograph. Depending on the country, you can bring a photograph with you, or have one taken there. If you are in a nation that takes a digital finger scan, make sure your fingers are free of decoration, cuts, abrasions, or any other markings that might make it difficult to get an acceptable scan. If you are having your picture taken there, it should not include sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or any head covering unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons.
  • Some appointments will require an interview, such as a student applying for a Tier 4 visa under the Point based system. Make sure to include this information when you make your appointment.
  • The UK offers a range of additional visa services, such as the priority service, for faster processing. You can find out which services are available on your local visa application centre's website. You can usually select and pay for additional services ahead of your appointment, or on arrival at the application centre.

Step 4 Get your visa.

  • In some larger countries, like the United States, the British government’s Decision Making Centre will mail your documents directly to you. They will also notify you by email when they have made a decision.
  • Processing times vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for, so check with your application centre to see how long you can expect to wait. [7] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source From the United Arab Emirates, for example, UK Visas and Immigration will try to return non-settlement visas within 15 working days. Settlement visas can take a little longer, within 12 weeks. These times are estimates, as the government will review each application individually.

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  • If you have any questions about the process, contact the UK Visas and Immigration Office. They are available by telephone, email, or a live webchat. Consult the office’s website for the best way to contact based on your location. [8] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Even if you do not need a visa, it is important to bring relevant documents with you when you arrive in the UK so you can enter the country. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Some UK visa applications have a maintenance requirement in which you must have evidence that you have held a certain amount of money in your personal bank account for a given amount of time. Read up on your particular visa and make sure that you have held the necessary funds for at least the minimum amount of time required. If you have not held the minimum amount of money for the minimum amount of time required, your application will be denied. Thanks Helpful 21 Not Helpful 7
  • Because of the time it takes to process an application, it is better to wait and make travel arrangements after you have a visa. You don’t want to miss a flight because your visa isn’t ready. Apply for a visa as soon as you know you intend to travel to the UK. Thanks Helpful 11 Not Helpful 5
  • There are a number of criminals around the world who try to defraud people by providing visas. You can only receive an official British visa through the British government. Be aware of people who promise that they can speed up the application process, or ask to collect money directly. Legitimate visa officers will only meet you at official application centres, and will only collect money there or through British government websites. Communication will only come from email addresses that end in ".gov.uk". If you are suspicious, or think you are the victim of fraud, contact the [ ActionFraud website or call 0300 123 2040 in the UK. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • ↑ https://www.justlanded.com/english/United-Kingdom/UK-Guide/Visas-Permits/Visas
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/visa-fees
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

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Getting a visitor visa for family and friends

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Your friend or family member can apply for a visitor visa so they can visit you in the UK. Visitor visas are usually for up to 6 months.

Bringing your partner to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership

Your partner can’t use a standard visitor visa to come to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership.

If you and your partner want to live in the UK after you get married or register a civil partnership, check if they can apply for a partner visa .

If you and your partner don’t want to stay in the UK together, your partner can come to the UK on a marriage visitor visa. This means they’ll have to leave the UK within 6 months. Check how to get a marriage visitor visa on GOV.UK .

Check if your visitor needs a visa

You’ll need to check if they need a visitor visa on GOV.UK if you don’t already know - it depends on their nationality.

If they don’t need a visitor visa, they might be able to scan their own passport at an ‘eGate’ instead of speaking to an immigration officer. Check who can use the eGates on GOV.UK .

If they can't use an eGate, they should still be prepared to explain why they’re visiting when they get to the border. If the Border Force thinks they might try to stay longer, they can refuse them entry

If you’re helping your visitor apply for a visitor visa

They’ll have to apply online .

Make sure your visitor puts their information in where it asks for the applicant’s details .

After you fill in the form, the visitor will need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre. Check where their nearest visa application centre is  before you apply, because it might be in a different country.

The online form asks you some questions to get to the visa you need. 

If you need more support with your application 

You should consider getting specialist advice if you’re unsure about the application. It might cost you money but it can save you time and hassle. Your local Citizens Advice can either help you or let you know where to get expert advice.

Documents you’ll need to include

You’ll need to include documents that support their application when you send it off. The online form will give you guidance on what to include, but here are some things to keep in mind.

If your documents aren’t in English or Welsh, you’ll need to provide certified English translations of your documents with the originals. Each translation has to include:

confirmation from the translator that it’s an accurate translation of the original

the date of the translation

the translator's full name and signature

the translator's contact details

Prove they’ll be returning to their country after their visit

You could show proof your visitor has a job or studies to go back to in their home country. You can also show they have family who depend on them in their home country.

Prove there’s enough money for the trip

You’ll have to provide evidence to show that the visitor’s trip can be afforded, whether it’s being paid for by them or by you. 

If the visitor is paying for themselves, they’ll have to include documents proving that they can afford it, for example bank statements or payslips.

If you’re paying for their visit (eg for their flights and accommodation), you’ll need to prove that you can afford the visitor’s trip as well as your own costs - for example your rent, mortgage and general expenses.

an estimate of how much the trip will cost - this needs to be as accurate as possible

proof of your income and where you work, for example payslips or an employment contract

proof that you have enough money to pay for the visitor’s stay, for example recent bank statements

proof that you’re in the UK legally, for example a copy of your passport or visa

Prove you have a genuine relationship

You’ll have to show how you’re connected to the person visiting you.

If the person visiting you is a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, you might need to give stronger proof they’ll be returning to their country after their visit.

If your visa is refused

You can read the government’s guidance on reasons for refusing visas on GOV.UK, if you're concerned the visa you're applying for might be refused.

You can’t usually appeal if the visitor visa is refused. It's quicker and easier to apply again. Make sure you deal with the reasons your first application was refused.

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U.S. Travelers Will Soon Have to Pay to Enter the U.K.

By Sarah James

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U.S. visitors—as well as visitors from Europe , Australia and Canada —will soon be required to apply for permission to enter the U.K. through a new scheme known as Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA).

The U.K. government is in the process of fully digitizing U.K. borders by the end of 2025—and the ETA scheme will play its part, allowing “individuals, and carriers, with more assurance at an earlier point in time about their ability to travel to the U.K.,” the government said.

The scheme will be in place by the end of this year (2023), and visitors will be required to fill out an online application granting them permission to travel. There will be a small fee included in the application—similar to how the U.S.'s own ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) system works for U.K. travelers.

Here's everything we know.

Will I need a visa to enter the U.K.?

This isn't technically a visa—the ETA system will grant travelers permission to enter the country. You will need to apply for an ETA prior to arrival. If you haven't received permission to travel before arrival, you may get fined.

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Travelers from the U.S. will soon need to apply for permission to enter the U.K.

How long will it take to get an ETA?

Travelers will be advised to apply for an ETA at least a few days before their journey. Approval should be granted within 72 hours of application.

How long will an ETA last?

After your ETA has been approved, visitors will be granted permission to stay in the U.K. for six months, whether for business or tourism reasons.

The U.K. government is yet to confirm how often visitors will need to apply for a new ETA, but it's likely to be valid for two years—meaning there's no need to apply for a new one every time you visit within the valid time period.

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Visitors with valid ETAs can stay—and travel—in U.K. for up to six months.

How much will an ETA cost?

We don't know yet—but the government has said that the cost will be small. The EU implemented a similar system in 2022, which costs €7. A U.S. ESTA, meanwhile, costs $21.

Who will need to apply for an ETA?

The full list of nations included hasn't been announced yet. We do know that U.S. citizens who don't hold a visa will need to apply for an ETA, as will other visa-exempt nations such as Canada and Australia. European countries are likely to be included, too.  Those traveling from nationalities without a visa-free agreement with the UK will still need to apply for another applicable type of UK visa.

What will I need to apply for an ETA?

You'll need a valid passport , an email address to register with, and to supply the details of your travel, as well as a valid debit or credit card to pay any fees to apply.

To keep up to date with the latest information on the ETA scheme, check the official website for more details as they become available.

This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveller U.K.  

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Long Term Visitor Visa

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If you are looking to visit the UK on multiple occasions over a number of years, you may want to apply for a UK long term visitor visa. Whilst this will not allow you to stay in the UK for more than 6 months at any one time, it will enable you to enjoy frequent visits over the course of several years, without having to re-apply for a visa each time you want to take another trip.

In this guide to the UK’s long term visitor visa, we look at the visa requirements and application process, as well as what is permitted – and not permitted – under this visa route.

What is the long term visitor visa UK?

The long term visitor visa is the permission given by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the division of the Home Office responsible for the UK’s visa system, to be able to visit the UK for a prescribed period of time. This could be, for example, for the purposes of tourism and leisure, such as visiting friends and family, or taking regular holidays. It could also be to carry out a range of different business activities , such as attending meetings or conferences.

If you are a visa national , ie; a citizen of a country that does not qualify for visa-free travel to the UK, you will need to obtain a visitor visa in advance to obtain entry clearance before arriving at a UK port-of-entry. Even if you are a non-visa national, it can often be advisable to obtain a long term visa for multiple visits . Whilst this will not necessarily guarantee entry to the UK on each occasion, as you must still persuade border officials that you are a genuine visitor and the reason for each visit, it can help to ensure a smoother process.

What does the long term visitor visa allow?

The rules relating to visitor visas are set out under ‘Appendix V: Visitor’ of the UK’s Immigration Rules, including how long this visa will last. In most cases, you will not be permitted to stay in the UK for more than a maximum of 6 months.

However, where you are looking to visit the UK a number of times, for example, for the purposes of visiting friends and family, or taking several different business trips, you may be able to apply for a visitor visa with a validity period of either 2, 5 or 10 years. This means that you will be able to visit the UK multiple times, although each stay must not exceed the maximum length of stay endorsed on your visa, in most cases, a period of 6 months.

The UK long term visitor visa can therefore be ideal, for example, for parents whose adult children have settled in the UK, where they would like to regularly visit their children and grandchildren. It can also be well-suited to those who need to visit the UK regularly for the purposes of business meetings or attending conferences over the course of time.

Other activities permitted under the long term visitor route, as set out under ‘Appendix Visitor: Permitted Activities’ of the Immigration Rules, include doing some volunteer work for a registered charity for a period of up to 30 days, provided this is not the main reason for your visit to the UK. It can also include undertaking a short course of recreational study, again for up to 30 days and as long as this is incidental to the main reason for any UK trip.

What are you not allowed to do under a long term visitor visa UK?

When applying for a long term visitor visa, UKVI will always carefully consider the reason for wanting a visa over a prolonged period of time. The UKVI caseworker dealing with your application must be satisfied that you will leave the UK at the end of each trip. They must also be satisfied that you do not intend to use your visa to live in the UK for extended periods through either frequent or successive visits, or to make the UK your main home.

Equally, the long term visitor visa is not designed for those looking to undertake paid employment in the UK. If you are planning to work, look for work or start your own business, you will instead need to apply for a visa under one of the various work routes .

Importantly, as you will not be allowed to work whilst in the UK on a long term visitor visa, you must have sufficient funds to support yourself throughout your stay. This is because you will not be granted access to public funds, even though you cannot legally get a job.

UK long term visitor visa requirements

The eligibility requirements for visitor visas are again set out under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules. To be eligible for any subcategory of visitor visa, you must show that:

  • you are genuinely seeking to visit the UK for a purpose permitted under the visitor rules
  • you are able to support yourself for the entire duration of each stay
  • you are able to pay for reasonable costs relating to each UK visit, without undertaking paid work or accessing public funds, and can cover each return or onward journey
  • you will not undertake any prohibited activities
  • you will leave the UK at the end of each visit
  • you will not seek to reside in the UK for extended periods of time through either frequent or successive visits, nor will you make the UK your main home.

When it comes to long term visitor visas, and the risk that this can be used to live in the UK for extended periods of time, you will need to persuade UKVI that you have stable finances, as well as strong ties to your home country. Essentially, UKVI must be satisfied that you are a genuine visitor, with good reason to regularly visit the UK over either 2, 5 or 10 years.

How to apply for a long term visitor visa UK

To make an application for a long term visitor visa, you must apply online from outside the UK using the GOV.UK website on form ‘Apply for a UK visit visa’. You must pay the relevant fee, submit your biometric information at an overseas visa application centre, where required, and provide proof of your identity and nationality. You will also need to provide various documents in support, depending on the reason for your multiple visits.

The earliest you can apply for a long term visitor visa is 3 months before you travel to the UK, and you should get a decision from UKVI within 3 weeks of attending a visa application centre. However, it is currently taking up to 5 weeks for decisions to be made.

Long term visitor visa supporting documents

The type of documents you will need to support your application for a long term visitor visa will depend on the reason for your visits to the UK. However, in all cases, you will need to satisfy UKVI that your intentions are genuine and you intend to return home after each trip. This means that you will need to provide a passport or other valid travel ID, together with additional documentation to prove the purpose of your proposed trips to the UK.

Additionally, you must show that you have enough money to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visits, and that any funds you rely upon are held in a regulated financial institution in relation to which the UKVI caseworker is able to make satisfactory verification checks as permitted under Appendix Finance of the Immigration Rules. For long term visitor visa applications, UKVI are looking for those with a stable income or sufficient wealth.

Importantly, as being granted a long term visitor visa does not guarantee entry to the UK, on your arrival at a port-of-entry you must also be in possession of sufficient documentation to persuade border officials that you are a genuine visitor, and that you are able to support yourself without undertaking work or accessing public funds during your stay.

How much is a long term visitor visa UK?

The cost of your visa will depend on how long you apply for. To apply for a standard single or multiple-entry visa lasting up to 6 months, the cost is £100. For a 2-year long term visitor visa the cost is £376; for a 5-year long term visitor visa the cost is £670; and for a 10-year long term visitor visa the cost is £837. However, if you would like to expedite the time taken for UKVI to make a decision, there will be an additional fee for premium processing.

You may be able to get a decision from UKVI within as little as 5 working days using the priority service, at an additional cost of £250, or even by the end of the next working day using the super priority service, at a cost of £956. You will need to check with the visa centre at which you are making your application to see if these services are available.

If UKVI believe that you cannot meet all of the eligibility requirements for the duration of the visa applied for, you may be granted a shorter visa than that requested. If you are granted a shorter visa, you will not receive a partial refund of the application fee. Equally, if your application is refused, you will again not be entitled to a refund. Importantly, paying for one of the priority services does not guarantee a favourable outcome to your application for a long term visitor visa, nor the grant of a long term visa for the intended duration.

What happens if your long term visitor visa application is refused?

There are various reasons as to why your application may be refused. This could be because you fail to satisfy UKVI that you meet all of the requirements as a long term visitor for your intended purpose. UKVI must also be satisfied that you are a genuine visitor and that you intend to leave the UK after each trip. For example, if you are not able to show that you have stable finances and strong ties to your home country, an adverse inference may be drawn that you intend to work in the UK. Equally, if it is clear from any previous travel history that you are planning to make the UK your home, your application will be refused.

Additionally, you could fall for refusal under ‘Part 9: grounds for refusal’ of the Immigration Rules. In some cases, your application could be refused on mandatory grounds, whilst in others, this will be at the discretion of the UKVI caseworker deciding your application. For example, if you have been to prison for a criminal offence in the UK or overseas, where your sentence was for 12 months or more, your visa application ‘must’ be refused. In contrast, if you have been convicted of an offence for which you received a prison sentence of less than 12 months, or a non-custodial sentence, your application ‘may’ be refused.

If your application for a long term visitor visa is refused by UKVI, you will not be permitted to travel to the UK. In these circumstances, you should seek expert legal advice from an immigration specialist with a view to submitting a fresh application. It can be tricky to make a successful application following a refusal, but with a detailed explanation and proper evidence in support to address the reasons given for the refusal, it is possible.

Importantly, even if you are granted a long term visitor visa, this cannot be used as a means of living in the UK by spending 6 months, leaving and immediately returning, as this will breach the rule not to live in the UK for extended periods. Several long stays which reach the 6-month limit each time may arouse suspicion that your intentions are not genuine. In these circumstances, you may be refused entry. You also run the risk that your visitor visa will be cancelled altogether, presenting very real difficulties in applying for a new one.

Need assistance?

Travellers to the UK should note that even with a valid visitor visa in place, you may still be questioned at the UK border by immigration officials, to verify that you are a genuine visitor and will comply with the visitor visa rules. Where officials are concerned that you may stay longer than your visa date, or if your activities are prohibited under the visitor rules, you may be denied entry. For specialist UK visa and immigration advice , contact us.

Long term visitor visa FAQs

How do i get a uk long term tourist visa.

To make an application for a long term tourist visa, you must apply online from outside the UK. You must also pay the relevant fee, submit your biometric information, where required, and provide proof of your identity and nationality.

How much is a long term standard visitor visa UK?

For a 2-year long term standard visitor visa the cost is £376; for a 5-year long term visitor visa the cost is £670; and for a 10-year visa the cost is £837.

How long visitor visa can stay in UK?

A standard visitor visa is typically for 6 months, although you can apply for a visa with a validity period of either 2, 5 or 10 years for regular visits of up to 6 months each time.

How much is a 2 year visitor visa UK?

The cost of applying for a 2 year long term visitor visa is £376, although you can pay an additional fee to expedite the time it takes to get a decision.

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Among the lovely countries in Europe, you’ll most likely find the United Kingdom at the top of the charts. Being one of the most beautiful and popular choices to visit for Indians, there are many types of UK visas for Indian nationals. Several people come to the UK for various reasons like sightseeing, studying, or even working. While the rest of the country requires a UK visa to enter the country, some of the other nations can visit without it. 

Once you get your UK visa, you can book flights to the UK and delve into the charming English countryside, cruise through the canals, and explore the majestic cities. It is relatively easy to obtain a UK tourist visa from India. To get in-depth information about the different UK visas, you can visit the official government website .

Indian passport holders need to apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom. For this, you need to go to the official website to get the UK visa. These are the steps to follow: 

  • Go to the website and choose the type of visa you want
  • You can apply and pay online for the visa
  • Provide your proof of identity by checking the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ section
  • You’ll receive a letter or an email with your UK visa application

You may hear back regarding your UK visa processing time within three weeks. Depending on the country you're in, you might be able to access different services or receive your visa quicker. Click here to know more.

You can check your UK visa application on the official website by filling out your visa application number and travel document number.

Planning to visit the United Kingdom but do not know which visa is perfect for you? This list may help you get the information you need. Scroll below to know the different types of UK visas.

The tourist visa or visitor visa is the most common type of visa to enter the United Kingdom. With the standard visitor visa, you can enter the country for tourism, business, and study for up to 6 months. 

Eligibility for a visit visa

  • Your passport should be valid throughout the length of your stay 
  • Confirmed round-trip flight tickets
  • Proof of accommodation 
  • Receipt of payment of visa fee
  • At least two passport-size photographs
  • Bank statement, as a proof of funds

Visitor visa validity

With the standard visitor visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You will be able to extend the UK visa application under certain circumstances, such as for medical treatment.

Processing time for visitor visa

The UK visa processing time may take approximately three weeks. However, if there are any national holidays in between, it may take longer.

If you get a sponsor from a company in the UK, you will be able to get the UK work visa. UK work visas include the  health and care worker visa  and the  skilled worker visa . 

Eligibility for a work visa

  • Confirmed return flight ticket
  • Confirmed letter from the local company stating your date of joining and other details

In addition to the above, you must also be eligible with the following:

  • A qualified medical practitioner like doctor, nurse, or social care worker
  • The work you’ll do for the UK employer must be approved by the home office
  • You must have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ provided by the employer stating your new role in the UK
  • You must receive a minimum salary, depending on the type of work 

Work visa validity

Your work visa is valid for up to five years. When your visa expires, you can renew it. 

Processing time for work visa

The uk work visas you can apply for without having a job offer.

  • British National (Overseas) visa
  • Graduate visa
  • Youth Mobility Scheme visa
  • India Young Professionals Scheme visa
  • Apply for the Global Talent visa
  • UK Ancestry visa
  • High Potential Individual (HPI) visa

To know more about the different types of the UK work visas,  click here . 

Planning to study in the UK? Then you need to apply for a study visa. There are three types of UK study visa: student visa, child student visa, and study English in the UK (short-term study visa). You can apply for the UK study visa if you are 16 years of age or above. Make sure that you have been offered a course and have a receipt of payment for the course. 

Eligibility for a study visa

  • Have a valid passport
  • Confirmed letter from the university
  • Proof of accommodation/hostel
  • Receipt of payment of visa fee 

Study visa validity

Your study visa is valid depending on the length of the chosen course. 

Processing time for study visa

If you have a family in the UK, you can apply for the UK family visa and live in the country for more than six months. This will allow you to live with your spouse, partner, child, parent, or even a relative who will be able to provide a long-term care for you. 

Note : If you are planning to visit the UK for 6 months or less, the you can check for a standard visitor visa or marriage visitor visa instead. 

Eligibility for a family visa

  • Proof of accommodation
  • Acceptance letter from the university

Family visa validity

The UK visa for family is valid for 2 years and 9 months. You have the option to extend the family visa. 

Processing time for family visa

If you are applying for a family visa outside the UK, you will receive a decision within 24 weeks. And if you apply from the UK, you will receive a decision within eight weeks of your application date. You can also use the super priority service (unless you are applying as an adult to be cared by a relative in the UK). In this case, the decision will be provided within two working days, provided you give all your biometric information.

This type of visa is ideal to help you to pass through the UK. Based on your country, you may need a UK transit visa. You can  click here  to find out whether you will need a visa for transit. You will not require a transit UK visa if you have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit, have a Home Office travel document (refugee or stateless person), a standard visitor visa.

If you have a long layover and need to stay in the UK for more than 48 hours, or you are a frequent flyer that requires you to stay for more than six months, then you will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa instead of a transit visa. You can apply for the transit UK visa  here . 

Eligibility for a transit visa

  • Make sure you have a valid passport
  • Provide details of your accommodation
  • Show proof of onward flight details

Note : Make sure to bring your visa and documents when you travel through the UK. 

What to do if I want to visit the UK?

If you want to visit the UK, you can apply for the Standard Visitor visa. This visa is valid for up to 6 months and can be for a holiday or to see family, for a business trip or for a short course.

When is the right time to apply for a UK visa?

The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before the travel date. If you are applying for a student visa, you can apply it at least six months before the course starts.

Can I apply for the UK visa online?

Yes, you can apply for the UK visa online from the official government website.

What is the processing time for visit UK visa?

Can i get a faster decision on my uk visa.

Yes, you can pay extra for a faster decision on your UK visa application (refer to the website here ). The time taken also depends on the type of visa you have applied for and from where you apply from.

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  • 1. Is it necessary to get a visa for Kenya from UK?
  • 2. Requirements to apply for the visa for Kenya from UK 
  • 3. The cost of a Kenya visa for UK citizens
  • 4. Do UK citizens need any vaccines to travel to Kenya?
  • 5. Where is Kenya’s embassy in the UK?
  • 6. Where is the UK’s embassy in Kenya?
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Are you traveling to Kenya? Great choice! There are so many things to do in Kenya , which will let you experience many different cultures and the African savannah in its truest form.

However, you will need to apply for a visa for Kenya from UK. You can learn everything about the process in this thorough guide.

Is it necessary to get a visa for Kenya from UK?

Yes , it’s mandatory to have a valid visa for Kenya from UK to be granted entry into the country. Thankfully, the Kenyan government installed an entirely online application system that greatly reduced waiting and processing times for applicants.

Requirements to apply for the visa for Kenya from UK 

The Kenya travel requirements state that all travelers from the UK need to be holders of an approved Kenya eVisa to be able to cross the border. But that’s not all: they also must have a passport with 6 months of validity remaining at the moment of traveling, which must also have at least two blank pages.

You can apply for your visa for Kenya from the UK easily at www.visagov.com . It only takes a few minutes! Just click on “Choose a visa” and select Kenya to begin the application process. 

You will have to complete an online form with personal and travel information, pay the visa fees with a bank card and await your approved Kenya visa for UK citizens, which will arrive on your email. 

The cost of a Kenya visa for UK citizens

The last step to apply for a visa for Kenya from UK is to pay the attached fees. However, depending on which visa type you select, the fees will be different :

  • The single entry visa costs 55 EUR
  • The East Africa visa costs 109 EUR
  • The transit visa costs 22 EUR

Make sure to have your bank card on hand when completing the application!

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Do UK citizens need any vaccines to travel to Kenya?

Even though it’s not mandatory, a trip to Kenya exposes travelers to a risk of yellow fever transmission. To avoid getting sick, it’s recommended to get the vaccine against yellow fever and to travel with the certificate . 

Where is Kenya’s embassy in the UK?

The Kenya High Commission is located in London, UK.

Address : 45 Portland Pl, London W1B 1AS, United Kingdom

Telephone number : 020 7636 2371

Email : [email protected]  

Website : https://www.kenyahighcom.org.uk/  

Where is the UK’s embassy in Kenya?

The British High Commission is located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Address : Upper Hill Road, P.O. Box 30465-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone number : +254 (0) 20 287 3000 / +254 (0) 20 2844 000 / +44 20 7008 5000

Website : https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-nairobi  

What is the time difference between the UK and Kenya?

The UK’s time zones are Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) and, during the summer, British Summer Time (UTC+1). Kenya’s time zone is East Africa Time (UTC+3). 

This means that the time difference between these two countries is:

  • 3 hours during the regular time zone of the UK 
  • 2 hours when Daylight Savings Time is in effect

What is the currency of Kenya and the exchange rate to Pounds sterling?

The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) . The current exchange rate between the Kenyan Shilling and Pounds sterling (GBP) is:

  • 1 GBP = 191,59 KES
  • 1 KES = 0,0052 GBP

Are there direct flights from the UK to Kenya?

Yes , but the only direct flights depart from London and arrive in Nairobi. There are other options from different parts of the UK flying to other cities in Kenya , but all involve at least one stop.

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While Copilot Pro is our best experience for individuals, Copilot for Microsoft 365 is our best experience for organizations. Copilot for Microsoft 365 became generally available for enterprises in November. As we said earlier this year, 40% of the Fortune 100 participated in our Early Access Program, and since GA for enterprise, customers like Visa, BP, Honda, Pfizer, and partners like Accenture, KPMG and PwC are already using Copilot — which means thousands of people across industries and sectors have started working in new ways, with an AI-powered copilot at their side. Today we are excited to announce that Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now available for organizations of all sizes — with no seat minimum. We are also enabling our partners to help every business become AI-powered.

Today’s updates include:

  • Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now generally available for small businesses with Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Business Standard Customers can purchase between one and 300 seats for $30 per person per month.
  • We’re removing the 300-seat purchase minimum for commercial plans and making Copilot available for Office 365 E3 and E5 customers (A Microsoft 365 license was previously required).
  • Commercial customers can now purchase Copilot for Microsoft 365 through our amazing network of Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider partners .
  • Last month, we also announced eligibility of Copilot for Microsoft 365 for education faculty and staff.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 is even more powerful for organizations because it works across your entire universe of data at work — including emails, meetings, chats, documents and more, plus the web. With natural language prompts like “Tell my team how we updated the product strategy,” Copilot can generate a status update based on the morning’s meetings, emails and chat threads. Copilot is also integrated into the apps millions of people use every day, including Microsoft Teams (which is not available with Copilot Pro). Copilot jump-starts your creativity in Word, analyzes data in Excel, designs presentations in PowerPoint, triages your Outlook inbox, summarizes meetings in Teams – whether you attended or not – and so much more. Backed by enterprise-grade security, privacy, and compliance, and Microsoft’s Customer Copyright Commitment , we can’t wait to see how businesses of all sizes achieve more using AI. Learn more on the Microsoft 365 blog .

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As we expand the availability of Copilot to even more people, we continue to offer a great free experience for anyone interested in exploring how Copilot can transform productivity and creativity using AI. Today we’re excited to share additional updates to Copilot. You can get started by visiting copilot.microsoft.com.

  • Copilot GPTs – Today we’re announcing Copilot GPTs. Copilot GPTs let you customize the behavior of Microsoft Copilot on a topic that is of particular interest to you.  A handful of Copilot GPTs will start to roll out beginning today with specific purposes such as fitness, travel, cooking and more. Soon, Copilot Pro users will also be able to create their own Copilot GPTs using Copilot GPT Builder. Stay tuned for more on this experience as we get closer to availability.
  • Copilot mobile app – The Copilot mobile app is now available for Android and iOS. The Copilot app gives you the power of Copilot on the go as your Copilot queries and chats will roam across your phone and PC. The Copilot mobile app includes the same capabilities of Copilot on your PC including access to GPT-4, Dall-E 3 for image creation, and the ability to use images from your phone when chatting with Copilot. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store .
  • Copilot in the Microsoft 365 mobile app – We’re also adding Copilot to the Microsoft 365 mobile app for Android and iOS for individuals with a Microsoft account. This new feature is rolling out over the next month. Access Copilot right inside the app and easily export the content you create to a Word or PDF document. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store .

With today’s announcements, we continue to bring Copilot to more customers with more options that work for them. Whether you’re looking to get started with Copilot for free, want to supercharge your Copilot experience with Copilot Pro or are an SMB or Enterprise customer looking to increase your productivity in new ways with Copilot for Microsoft 365, there’s a Copilot experience for everyone.

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