UK visas: visiting London after Brexit

Make sure your arrival in London goes smoothly with this guide to UK visa regulations and the latest Brexit updates.
The view of Tower Bridge from a plane while flying into London.
Flying into London. Image courtesy of Royalty Free Stock Images.

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  • Some people may need a visa to visit, work or study in London.
  • Visa-free travel to the UK is still in place for EEA and Swiss nationals.
  • EU travellers can still visit the UK without needing a visa after 1 January 2021.
  • Most people can only enter the country as a visitor for a limited period.
  • Information on travelling to London after Brexit can be found on the official UK government website. 
  • Find the latest official guidance and information from the UK government on coronavirus outbreak in London for travellers.

How will Brexit impact my travel plans? 

Now that the UK has left the EU, the transition period after Brexit ends this year. Find out everything you need to know about the impact Brexit may have on your trip to London:

For more information, visit the official UK government website for the latest Brexit news and advice for travellers.

Do I need a visa to go to London?

Some people may require a visa to visit the UK. To find out whether you need a visa to visit London and how to apply, see the UK Visas and Immigration website, or check with your local British Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel.

The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up-to-date information for your trip.

Information on visitor visas and how to apply for one can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Entry to the country as a visitor is only granted for a limited period. If you plan to stay in London for longer, check the UK Visas and Immigration website for visa regulations and further details.

Do I need a visa to visit London from the European Union?

Following the UK's decision to leave the European Union, visa-free travel to and from the UK is still in place for EEA and Swiss citizens until at least 2021.

To enter the UK from 1 January 2021, you must show the correct documents at the UK border.

Visiting the UK from January 2021

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens:

  • Irish citizens can still enter and live in the UK as they currently do.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can still travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without a visa  you can enter the UK border with a valid passport.
  • You can not use your EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021.
  • You can use your national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025 if you have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and a few other factors.

Non-EEA family members of an EEA or Swiss citizen:

Visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for the latest details. 

Do I need a visa to study in London?

Some people may need a visa to study in London. Further details on student visas are available from the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Visit the official London university guide, studylondon.ac.uk, for information on studying in the capital. You can also find the latest Brexit updates for international students.

Last updated: 10/11/2020