UK visitor visa​

If you’re travelling to the UK for a short period of time a UK visitor visa might be the right route to gain entry.

UK visitor visas

Visitors in the UK

Standard Visitor Visa

The UK visitor visa’s official name is the Standard Visitor Visa. 

This visa has replaced the:

A Standard Visitor visa costs £95, and the fee for a long-term visa depends on its length:

Reasons for visiting the UK

To complete your UK visitor visa application, you must be travelling for one of the following reasons:

If you are visiting the UK for business

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you are visiting the UK for business-related activities. 

Activities that fall into this category include:

If you are receiving an income from a UK-based company and are visiting as an expert in your field, you should apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa rather than a Standard Visitor visa.

Visa requirements

You’re allowed to enter and exit multiple times and visit the UK for a maximum of six months with this visa. You must show are able to support yourself financially and not undertake any paid or unpaid employment in the UK.

UK visitor visa application fee

  1. The UK visitor visa allows you to stay for up to six months. You can stay longer if:You’re travelling to seek private medical treatment. This will give you up to 11 months in the UK and will cost £190.
  2. You’re traveling to the UK to conduct academic research. You can then stay in the UK for up to 12 months and your visa will cost £190.

If you stay in the UK longer than six months you must apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP).