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Please note: From January 5th, 2023, travelers from mainland China are required to follow certain COVID-19 requirements before entering the country. Scroll down to find out more.
If you are planning to visit the UK, make sure you have the right travel documents to enter the country. Luckily iVisa can help you obtain the UK Standard Visitor Visa also known as the UK Tourist Visa quickly.
At iVisa, we created a simplified application form which is 50% shorter, and much faster and easier to fill out than the government website. Plus, an iVisa expert will guide you from start to finish to avoid rejections. In 90% of cases, UK immigration authorities take no longer than 15 business days to approve the application.
Get your UK Visitor Visa online with iVisa without stress and paperwork! Keep reading to find out more.
What is the UK Visitor Visa?
The UK Standard Visitor Visa is a travel authorization and the perfect visa for travelers that want to travel to the United Kingdom for tourism, business, medical treatment, studies, or to visit family and friends.
What can you do with the UK Visitor Visa?
You can visit the UK for tourism.
You can see your family members or friends.
You can make stopovers at the airport.
You can sign contracts, attend fairs and business meetings, and do other business activities.
You can volunteer for up to 30 days for a registered charity.
You can take part in a school exchange program.
You can do a recreational course of up to 30 days, for example, a dance course.
You can participate in congresses as a listener or as a speaker (without charging fees).
You can receive medical treatments and attend consultations with a British doctor.
What can you NOT do with the UK Visitor Visa?
You can’t work.
You can’t take long courses or study for long periods of time.
You can’t reside permanently in the country.
You can’t live in the UK through frequent or successive visits.
You can’t claim public funds.
You can’t marry or register a civil partnership.
You can’t get a driver's license.
If you need a student visa, spousal visa, or another travel document to visit the UK, please contact your local UK embassy or consulate for more information.
Who must apply for the UK Visitor Visa to visit the country?
Visa-free entry is available to EU citizens and citizens of over 60 other countries for up to six months. A visa is required, however, if you want to stay in the United Kingdom for more than 90 days.
Want to find out if you need to apply for the UK Visitor Visa to enter the country? Use our handy Visa Checker Tool and apply directly!
How long can I stay in the country with the UK Visitor Visa?
The UK Standard Visitor Visa that you apply for with iVisa, is valid for 180 days after issued, and allows stays up to 180 days in Total.
Some circumstances might allow you to stay longer, such as getting medical treatment (up to 11 months).
What are the UK Visit Visa requirements?
To apply for the UK Standard Visitor Visa, you will need to submit certain documents during the application process, such as:
A copy of your valid passport. It must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date in the UK and have at least one blank page.
Proof of residence from the country you’re applying from, for example, a green card, an ID card, residence permit, or a visa sticker in your passport (if applicable).
Bank statements showing your monthly or yearly income to prove that you can support yourself during your trip.
It's possible the UK government will ask you for more information or documents to prove your intended purpose of travel.
How do I apply for a UK Visitor Visa with iVisa?
To apply for the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa with iVisa, follow these steps:
Fill out the simplified iVisa form here. Make sure to fill out the form properly with your personal and travel information. You’ll be assigned a personal iVisa Expert to guide you from start to end. Feel free to contact us at any time during the process.
Double-check all the info provided, and pay the iVisa processing fee. Then, submit the initial required documents.
Attend the mandatory visa interview at the UK visa application center. We’ll help you find the closest location, prepare for the interview, and provide you with all the best tips for a successful appointment!
After your interview, the UK immigration authorities will need your passport to provide you with the approved UK Visitor Visa.
What is the processing time and cost of the UK Standard Visitor Visa?
The government visa fee for the Standard UK Visitor Visa is USD 129, excluding the iVisa processing fee. The processing fee differs per nationality.
Simply use the Visa Checker Tool, fill out your nationality, and go through the application to check the final costs, or [click here] to start a new application.
Do I need a UK Visitor Visa if I’m transiting through the UK?
You need to apply for the UK Standard Visitor Visa if you’re from one of the eligible countries, and you want to leave the airport and stay in the United Kingdom for longer than 48 hours.
If you intend to change flights and go through UK border control to stay in the country for less than 48 hours, you must apply for a UK Transit Visa.
If you are transiting the United Kingdom, but not going through immigration control, you need a Direct Airside Transit Visa.
You can apply for the above transit visas by contacting your local UK embassy or visa application centre.
Traveling with minors to the United Kingdom
Applicants from eligible countries who are under 18 years old must also apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa.
They’ll need to identify the adult traveling with them in their visa application, and provide specific information about the person if they are not the parent or legal guardian.
You can add children in your visa application by clicking “Add another person” during the application process on iVisa.
Benefits of getting your UK Visitor Visa with iVisa
iVisa gives you access to a range of benefits to increase your chances of getting approved, and allow you to apply stress-free!
100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all submitted info and documents, and make sure they’re 100% compliant with government requirements.
Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: You’ll be assigned a personal iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application from start to end. They are available at any time to answer any questions.
Simplified application form: The UK Visitor Visa application process can be notoriously complex and unnecessarily long. With iVisa, the form is 50% shorter than the UK government form, with clear and easy questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.
Fill out the form at your own pace: Make changes whenever you want and save your progress at any time, so you can take a break and come back to it later if needed.
Step-by-step manual: Once you apply, we’ll send you a full manual to guide you through each step of the process and all the tips you need to answer difficult questions and prepare for your interview.
COVID-19 requirements or restrictions
Like many countries, the United Kingdom has relaxed most COVID-19 restrictions, but some measures still apply to certain travelers. Check all requirements below.
Travelers from mainland China
Please note: From January 5th, 2023, travelers from mainland China are required to follow certain COVID-19 requirements before entering the country.
People from mainland China who are 12 years or older must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure. This will be checked by your airline and may be asked for again by UK Border Control officers on arrival in the UK.
From January 8, 2023, some passengers may be required to take a voluntary test on arrival to monitor for potential new variants. This applies to passengers aged 18 or over traveling from mainland China to Heathrow Airport.
All other travelers
There are no COVID-19 vaccination, testing, or quarantine restrictions to travel to the United Kingdom.
Where can I learn more?
If you have further questions about applying for the UK Standard Visitor Visa or any other travel document, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email at [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to assist you in case you run into any difficulties.
Required Documents to Apply
Your passport. It must be valid during your stay in the UK and it must have at least one blank page.
Identification Document (ID)
Proof of residence
Bank statement with monthly/yearly income.
The UK Visitor Visa is a multiple-entry visa valid for 6 months.
With the UK Visitor Visa you can stay in the country for a maximum of six months after arrival.
You may be able to apply for a visa extension if you are traveling for medical or academic purposes.
The UK Visitor Visa is for tourism, business, taking short courses for no more than 30 days, or for medical reasons.
You can also use the UK Visitor Visa for stopovers at the airport.
You cannot do paid or unpaid work or get married while visiting the UK with the Visitor Visa.
You do not need to book a flight to apply for your visa.
We recommend travelers apply 3 months before their intended trip to the UK. The processing time for a Visitor Visa is on average three weeks after submitting your application.
Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about the UK Visitor Visa.
At iVisa, we do all the paperwork for you and assign you an iVisa Expert who is in charge of reviewing your application to be 100% government compliant and to avoid rejections.
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