Are you planning on attending the UEFA Euro 2020 events in London? According to UEFA’s official website, there will be 7 matches in Wembley Stadium, on the 14th, the 19th, the 23rd, and 27th of June, and on the 7th, the 8th, and the 12th of July. The semi-finals and the finals will take place in London, which is why many tourists are expected to arrive during that time. But keep in mind that if you want to be present for the UEFA Euro 2020 in London, you may have to apply for a United Kingdom visa.
As you may very well know, the citizens of European Union countries, as well as EFTA countries, can travel to the United Kingdom freely. There is no need for a visa or a passport. A simple national ID card is more than enough. While the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union, it seems that the travelers mentioned above still have the same rights as when the United Kingdom was an EU country until December 2020.
At the same time, like many other countries, the United Kingdom has a list of visa-exempt nationalities. In fact, the citizens of 56 countries and territories can travel to the United Kingdom without a visa as long as their stay does not exceed 6 months (or 3 months if they come via the Republic of Ireland.) However, if you find yourself in this category of travelers, you need to hold a passport that remains valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival in the United Kingdom.
The citizens of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are eligible for an electronic visa waiver. In case you are among them, you have to go online and fill in an application form. The electronic visa waiver allows its holder to stay in the United Kingdom for no more than 6 months.
All the other nationalities that aren’t either visa-exempt or from an EU/EFTA country must apply for a standard visitor visa if they want to attend the UEFA Euro 2020 in London. Fortunately, the application process is not very complicated. All nationalities except for North Koreans can fill in an online application form. The fee of 95 GBP is also paid online. However, you must go in for an interview at the British embassy or a British visa center. It takes about 15 business days for your application to be processed, and once it is approved, you will receive a visa that allows you to spend up to 6 months in the United Kingdom.
Do you want to find out in which category of travelers you belong? iVisa can help with that. All you have to do is use the Visa Checker Tool you can find on our website’s homepage. Just select your nationality in the drag-down menu on the left, and then choose the United Kingdom as your destination. The result will tell you precisely what you need to know.
Furthermore, iVisa can help you with the online part of the application process. Just fill in the form, and we will submit it to the British Immigration Authority. We will also schedule the interview appointment and send you a document checklist so that you can attend it fully prepared. It is as simple as that.
The bottom line is that if you want to attend the UEFA Euro 2020 matches in London, England, you must first check if you need a visa. But even if you do need one, iVisa can be of help with the application process so that you do not make too much of an effort. For further information, do not hesitate to contact iVisa’s 24/7 customer support.