How to Visit the UK

If you are coming to the UK as a visitor, you are allowed to stay for up to 6 months in most cases.

General Visitors

Being a general visitor allows you to visit the United Kingdom for up to six months, or up to 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor. 

To come to the UK as a general visitor, you must be able to show that:

  • you only want to visit the UK for up to six months, or up to 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor; 
  • you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit; 
  • you are 18 or over;
  • you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or obtaining help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • you can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; and
  • you are not in transit to a country outside the common travel area.

Moreover, you must show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:

  • undertake a course of study;
  • take any employment, produce goods or provide services, 
  • marry or form a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership;
  • carry out the activities of a business visitor, a sports visitor or an entertainer visitor
  • receive private medical treatment.

Child Visitors


A child visitor, under the age of 18, can visit the United Kingdom for up to six months, or up to 12 months if they have entry clearance and are accompanying an academic visitor. 

To come to the UK as a child visitor, you must be able to show that:

  • you are under 18;
  • you only want to visit the UK for up to six months, or up to 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor and you have entry clearance;
  • you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or obtaining help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • suitable arrangements have been made for your travel to, and your reception and care in, the UK and, if a foster carer or relative (not a parent or guardian) will be responsible for your care; 
  • you have a parent or guardian in your home country who is responsible for your care, and you can provide their address and landline telephone number; and confirmation that they consent to the arrangements for your travel to, reception and care in the UK;
  • you can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; 
  • you are not in transit to a country outside the common travel area.

Moreover you must show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:

  • take employment, produce goods or provide services, including the selling of goods or services direct to members of the public;
  • marry or form a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership; or
  • receive private medical treatment.

In addition, child visitors who are visa nationals must have a valid entry clearance which states that they are unaccompanied or identifies the adult accompanying them. In the latter case, the entry clearance will not be valid unless the named adult physically accompanies the child.

Private Medical Treatment

Any person in order to be allow to come to the United Kingdom for medical treatment must be able to show that requirements for leave to enter as a visitor are met, there is no danger to public health (if the person suffers from a communicable disease), the course of treatment is for a limited period of time, satisfactory arrangements for the consultation or treatment needed have been made, enough money to pay for any treatment and to support and accommodate yourself without working or obtaining help from public funds and leave the United Kingdom at the end of your treatment is planned.  

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