Some nationalities, such as those from European Union countries, do not need a UK tourist visa and are classed as ‘non-visa nationals’. If you are a non-visa national, then you must obtain a visit visa ‘entry clearance’ before travelling to the UK. This is express permission to enter the UK as a visitor.
There are different types of visit visa available if you wish to come to the UK for any of the following:
- Visiting friends or family
- To marry
- Undertake business
- Participation in sporting events or entertainment