UK visas

Make sure your arrival in London goes smoothly with this guide to UK visa regulations.
  • Visa-free travel to the UK is still in place for citizens from member states of the EU.
  • Some people may need a visa to visit, work or study in London.
  • Most people can only enter the country as a visitor for a limited period.
  • Information on visitor visas can be found on the UK Border Agency website.

Find out whether you need a visa in order to travel to London or to study in the capital.

Do I need a visa to go to London?

Some people may require a visa to visit the United Kingdom. To find out whether you need a visa to visit London and how to apply, see the UK Border Agency 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 Border Agency 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 Border Agency website for visa regulations and further details.

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

Following the recent referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, visa-free travel is still in place for citizens of member states of the European Union, including to and from the UK. Any changes to visa-free travel are unlikely to take place in the immediate future.

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 Border agency website. For information on studying in London, visit the official London university guide website, Study London.

Once you've sorted out your UK visa, check our UK customs allowances page to see what you can and can't bring into the country.