UK Visa Information
- Different visa requirements depending on nationality
- Up-to-date information provided by British embassies and consulates
If you're planning on travelling to the United Kingdom, please be aware that you might need a visa and that the necessary steps to get a visa usually take some time. Always make sure that you plan ahead and allow enough time to get the required documents ready before you start your English course in England.
One factor which affects visa requirements is the nationality of the applicant. There are special agreements with many countries that allow citizens to enter England as a tourist without the need to obtain a visa. Citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) are not required to get a visa for the United Kingdom. For detailed and up-to-date information on possible visa requirements, please contact the British embassy or consulate in your country.
If you are looking for detailed information about requesting a visa, how to extend your stay in England, how to obtain a student visa or what to do if you lose your tourist card, please contact the British embassy or consulate in your country or the official authorities in the United Kingdom:
Other necessary documentation
Make sure you have a valid passport to take with you. It is strongly recommended that your passport be valid for several months after your return date.
Other documents and forms of identification that might be required in certain situations include the following: your return ticket, proof of sufficient economic funds to finance your stay, driver's license, vaccination card, proof of health insurance and others. Furthermore, cards that identify you as a university student, retiree, handicapped person, etc. might entitle you to special discounts in many cultural institutions, public transport and so forth.
Please check that you have the correct travel documents with you. In order to be on the safe side, consider preparing a copy of all your travel documents. If you lose them you can be helped more quickly if you have copies with you.