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:

  • Holiday
  • Visiting friends or family
  • To marry
  • Undertake business
  • Study
  • Transit
  • Participation in sporting events or entertainment