Frequent changes to immigration policies have made traveling to the UK rather confusing, even for the most experienced travelers.
Before you hop on a plane to begin your adventure, make sure you know all the visa requirements.
UK Standard Visitor Visa (Six Months)
Deciding on which UK visa to apply for depends on a few factors, such as which country you’re from, your reason for coming to the UK, and how long you want to stay in the country. If your intention is to visit for a short period, you’ll need
to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.
If you’re from a country located outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you may need a visitor visa
to enter the UK.
Some countries — such as the U.S., Canada or Australia — currently don’t require one, so it’s a good idea to first check if you need a visa before embarking on your trip.
A visitor visa
is valid for a year and you may visit the UK for up to six months. It’s only available if you visit the UK for:
• Leisure, such as a holiday or to see family or friends
• Business, or to attend creative events or to partake in sports
• Other reasons, such as to receive private medical treatment
Restrictions: The Dos and Don’ts
As is the case with most visas, there are things you can and can’t do. While on this visa, you won’t be allowed to:
• Work (paid or unpaid)
• Access public funds
• Get married
• Study in the UK for up to 30 days — as long as it isn’t the main reason for your visit
• Participate in any business-related activities
• Pass through the UK in transit
• Take part in an exchange program
If You Need to Visit the UK Often
A long-term Standard Visitor visa allows you to stay in the UK over a longer period. This visa is valid for two, five, or 10 years, but you can only stay for a maximum of six months on each visit.
How to Apply
Your visa application must be made online not more than three months before you travel. You’ll need to show that you:
• Will leave the UK at the end of your visit
• Can support yourself and any dependents traveling with you for the duration of your trip
• Have sufficient funds to pay for any costs relating to your visit
You must make sure your passport is valid until after your trip and that it has at least one blank page for your visa. If any of your documents are not in English, you must provide a certified translation.
You must also supply the following information:
• The dates you’re planning to travel to the UK
• Information on where you’ll be staying
• How much you think your trip is going to cost
• Your current home address and how long you’ve lived there
• The names and dates of birth of your parents
• How much you earn in a year
You may need to provide some additional information and documents, so make sure you’ve read and understood the application form and process.
Why Millions of People Visit the UK Every Year — and You Should Too
History Buffs are Spoiled for Choice
From grand castles to Stonehenge, there’s plenty of UK history to explore. The British Museum in London houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts. Here you can find the works of famous artists including Michelangelo, Leonardo
da Vinci, and Vincent van Gogh.
The Best Pubs in the World
If you want to get a taste of Britain, head to the pub. Get to know the locals over some good old British ale and pub grub. Fish and chips, meat pies and a full English breakfast are just some of the many comfort foods you can find, and why not end
it off with a generous helping of sticky toffee pudding?
London is possibly the world’s most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. Whatever your interests are, there’s something for you to see and do. Tour the River Thames, picnic in the parks, or visit Buckingham Palace. You can even view
the whole city from the famous London Eye.
World-renowned Music Festivals
The UK plays host to many music festivals every year and they’re definitely worth experiencing. From Glastonbury (which dates back to the 1970s) to Download Festival and Creamsfield, there’s one for every music genre fan.
The Famous Sights
What’s the best way to see and explore some of the UK’s most recognizable landmarks? On an iconic red double-decker bus, of course. Big Ben, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square — the list goes on. Explore it all atop a sightseeing
tour and revisit your favorite locations later.
Whether you’re visiting the UK for food, culture, and sights or you’re traveling for business, we’re sure you’ll enjoy all the country has to offer.
Make Sure Your Trip is Insured
You never know what’s going to happen when you plan a holiday overseas. Unexpected events such as bad weather, strikes, or government shutdowns can ruin even the most well-planned holiday — causing you to lose the money you spent.
When you insure your holiday, you have peace of mind that the money you spent won’t go to waste if you need to cancel or delay your trip.
Need a UK visa
? Sable International has more than 20 years of experience in helping travelers get to the UK. Speak with one of their registered advisors
or call +44 (0) 20 7759 5307.