Passport valid for entire period of the visit to the UK required
by all except:
1. nationals of EU countries, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Monaco,
Norway and Switzerland with a valid national ID card.
(a) A passport is not needed for travel between Great Britain
and Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the
Isle of Man.
(b) Passengers transiting the UK destined for the Republic
of Ireland are advised to have return tickets to avoid delay
Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals listed in the chart above
(b) nationals of American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda,
Argentina, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia,
Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, British Overseas Territories, Brunei,
Chile, Cook Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Costa Rica, East Timor,
El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, French Guiana,
Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras,
Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Israel, Kiribati, Korea (Rep), Lesotho,
Liechtenstein, Macau (SAR), Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall
Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Nauru, Monaco, Namibia,
New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Palau,
Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Reunion,
Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten,
St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles,
Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland,
Tonga, Tahiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, US
Virgin Islands, Vanuatu and Venezuela
(c) those in transit, provided arriving and departing by air
within 24 hours and holding all necessary onward documentation.
Direct Airside Transit visas are required by the following
countries, even if not entering the UK or changing airports
during transit: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh,
Belarus, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, China (PR), Colombia, Congo
(Dem Rep), Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India,
Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia,
Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories,
Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia & Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Somalia,
Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
(a) Entry clearance is required for nationals of the following
countries who intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months:
Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR), Japan, Korea (Rep), Malaysia,
New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. (b) Nationals
not requiring visas are advised to be in possession of either
a return ticket or, if arriving on a one-way ticket, proof
of sufficient funds to accommodate and support themselves
for the duration of stay.
Types of visa and cost
Standard visit, student and visitors in transit: £36.
1-year visit: £60. 2-year visit: £70. 5-year visit:
£88. 10-year visit: £150. Direct Airside Transit:
£27. Fees are payable in the local currency and are
subject to variation in both price and method of payment.
Enquire at nearest High Commission/Embassy. Visa fees are
Visit visas: 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years or 10 years;
all visit visas are valid for multiple-entries within the
period of validity. Visitor in transit visas are not required
by those continuing their journey to a third country by the
first connecting aircraft within 24 hours, provided possessing
confirmed onward travel documentation (except nationals of
those countries listed under (c) above). Those in transit
to another country, who will remain in the UK for no longer
than 48 hours, will need a visitor in transit visa. A visit
visa is required for any transit stay over 48 hours.
Application to: Nearest British Consulate
(or Consular section at Embassy or High Commission); see Contact
(a) Passport valid for entire visit.
(b) Two recent passport-size photos (some nationals may require
(c) Completed application form (some nationals may be required
to fill out an additional form).
(d) Fee (postal applications must be accompanied by bank draft,
postal or money order only). The supplementary documentation
required will vary depending on the type of application, but
in all cases it is advisable to also provide
(e) Evidence of funds (bank statements or pay slips).
(f) Letter of invitation (if applicable).
(g) Evidence of sponsor’s funds (if applicable).
Working days required
Dependent on nationality of applicant. Applications usually
take between 1 and 10 working days. Applications that are
referred to the Home Office may take up to 13 weeks.
Enquiries can be made at nearest British Consulate, Embassy
or High Commission.