United Kingdom Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter the United Kingdom, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.
EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, or sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed.
A passport is not required for travel between Great Britain and Ireland (an official form of identification, such as a driver's licence, is required), Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Passengers transiting the UK destined for the Republic of Ireland are advised to hold return tickets to avoid delay and interrogation.
Visas for the United Kingdom are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to six months.
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.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy/high commission to check visa requirements for the United Kingdom.
General visitor visa: £85; long-term visit visa: £324 (one or two years); £588 (five years); £737 (up to 10 years).
General visitor visa: six months; long-term visit visa: one, two, five or 10 years, with a maximum stay of six months per visit.
Some nationals (but not those listed above) require a transit visa. The Direct Airside Transit visa costs £30 and allows you to change flights in the UK, but you must not pass through immigration control and must leave within 24 hours. The Visitor in Transit visa costs £56 and allows you to go through border control, but you must leave the UK within 48 hours. For both visas, you must prove you are in transit to another country. Long-term transit visas are available to frequent travellers.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy/high commission). In some countries, you can apply online. See the UK government website for details (www.gov.uk/visas-immigration).
The length of time taken to process visa applications depends on the nationality of the applicant and the country where you're applying. Generally, you can expect a decision within three weeks.
If you do require a visa to visit the United Kingdom, you may be asked to provide information about your finances.
If you are initially given permission to enter for three months, you may apply to UK Visas and Immigration to extend your stay to six months from your original date of entry. The fee to extend your visa is £649 is you apply by post (decision made in eight weeks) or £1,049 if you apply in person (decision usually made on the same day).
The maximum total time you can stay in the United Kingdom is six months.
If bringing a pet from another EU or 'listed' country, your animal must have a microchip, pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate, rabies vaccination administered at least 21 days before travel, and tapeworm treatment (dogs only).
If bringing a pet from an unlisted country, your animal must have a microchip, official third country veterinary certificate, rabies vaccination, blood test taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination and at least three months before travel, and tapeworm treatment (dogs only).
For full details, see www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.