Getting to Britain

Passport and visa requirements for entering the UK

If you're planning an adventure to the UK, depending on your nationality and your reason for visiting, you may need to organise a visa. 

If you're an American, Canadian or Australian tourist, you'll be able to travel visa-free throughout the UK, providing you have a valid passport and your reason for visiting meets the immigration rules

Citizens from some South American and Caribbean countries as well as Japan are also able to travel visa-free around the UK. 

European Union citizens, non-EU member states of the EEA (Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland), Switzerland, and members of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) do not need a visa to enter the UK. If you are an EU National or are travelling to the UK from Europe, please see below for further information regarding the Brexit negotiations.


The impact of Brexit on travel: Your questions answered

Britain is packed full of amazing experiences all year round and 2019 is going to be no exception. From sporting events to literary celebrations, from music festivals to new gallery openings, visitors to Britain during 2019 are in for a cultural extravaganza.

Brexit negotiations are ongoing, but you do not need to delay your travel plans as a result. As Britain prepares to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, this is what we know so far.


What will Brexit mean for flights operating between the UK and the EU?

Both the UK Government and the European Commission have provided reassurances that flights will continue to operate between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019, regardless of the wider Brexit negotiations that may be taking place.


Can EU nationals continue to travel using an ID card?

EU nationals will be able to continue to travel using ID cards until at least 2021.


As an EU national, can I continue to use ePassport gates to enter the UK?

The expectation is that citizens of current EU member states with a valid passport will be able to use ePassport gates at airports and ports to make entry into the UK as quick and easy as possible.


As an EU national, do I require a visa to visit the UK?

Citizens of current EU member states will continue to be able to travel to the UK without a visa, but only for a maximum period of 3 months. The official UK government website has the latest information on this and further details for any individual wanting to stay in the UK for longer than this period.


What should I do if I am unsure about my travel requirements?

You should check the official UK Government website for the latest guidance and advice. 


The UK’s hotels, shops and visitor attractions are currently offering great value so it really is a great time to book a trip right now. We look forward to welcoming you to Britain soon. If you have any further visa questions visit the official UK government website.