United Kingdom Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans: US travellers must hold a valid passport; a visa is not required for stays of up to three months.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Passports must be valid for at least the expected duration of the stay. No visa is required for stays of six months or less.

Entry requirements for Australians: Passports must be valid for at least six months after the departure date. No visa is required for stays of six months or less.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans require a valid passport and a visa for entry or transit through the UK. South African temporary passports are not recognised.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand nationals must hold a valid passport, but no visa is required for stays of up to 6 months.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Under the Common Travel Area agreement, citizens from the UK and Ireland are not required to pass through passport control. They can travel between both countries without a valid passport if they can prove they are a valid UK or Irish national.

Passport/Visa Note: If a visa is not required, travellers should hold a return or onward ticket, or proof of funds for the duration of stay. Passports must be valid for the period of intended stay in the UK; nationals of the EU require a passport valid on arrival. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources. For visitors who are visa exempt up to a maximum stay of 6 months, the period of stay will be determined by the Immigration Officer on arrival.


Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.