Are you planning a trip to the United Kingdom and looking for UK visa requirements?
As with any country you visit these documents are important to enter the United Kingdom. Without these documents, your entire vacation will be a disaster.
Do You Need a Passport?
When travelling from abroad and in need of entering the UK you need a valid passport to the extent of your stay. If you are a European Union national with a valid ID card, you’re exempted. The only requirements for an EU national are to provide proof of their European Union nationality and identity in order to enter any European Union member state.
This can be a valid passport or identity card. The validity of their stay needs to be on the document. If you are travelling from Britain to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man, the only validation needed is your driver’s licence. To prevent delay or interrogation when leaving the United Kingdom for the Republic of Ireland you need to have your return tickets on hand.
If you are a visitor that is not on the EU list, you need to apply for a Visa. Nationals of the EU list only need to be in possession of their return ticket, proof of adequate funds, and a one-way ticket for the length of your stay. A standard visitor’s visa costs £89 and you can apply for a long-term visit visa costing you £337 for a two-year duration and £612 (5 years) and £767 (ten years).
A standard visitor’s visa is valid for 6-months only. Further, you may require a transit visa and costs £34. This allows you to change flights in the United Kingdom and must not pass through the immigration control centre and you need to leave within 24-hours. A visitor’s transit visa can cost you £62. This allows you to enter through border control and you need to leave the United Kingdom within 48-hours.
With both the above-mentioned visas, you need to provide proof of transit to another country. There are long-term transit visas available if you frequently visit the UK. To apply for your visa you can do it online or visit the UK Government website for further details.
Extending Your Stay
If you applied to enter the country for three months, and need an extension, you can apply at the UK Visa and Immigration to stay up to 6-months from the date you entered into the country. The costs for an extension on your visa are £993 when applying by post and £1,583 if you apply for it in person. By applying through the post, it can take up to 8 weeks for an answer. The maximum months you can stay in the UK is 6-months.
Visiting with Pets
As a visitor, there is visa and passport requirement for the UK. The same applies if you are bringing your pet from one of the EU listed countries. The animal needs to be microchipped, have a pet passport or an official veterinary certificate. Further, they need to be vaccinated against rabies at least 21-days before their travel. If your pet is a dog, they need tapeworm treatments as well.
If you are entering from a non-listed EU country, the same applies. The only difference is that you need a blood test taken 30-days after its rabies vaccination and it needs to be done at least 3-months before the journey.
If you are planning your trip to London, make sure to follow the visa and passport requirements for the UK to prevent any delays. Always make sure that you are a step ahead to avoid confrontation with the immigration control centre.