What is a UK tourist visa ?

A UK visitors visa which is commonly known as a standard visitors visa is a visa that allows the holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. The visa is for those applicants who wish to enter the UK for the purposes of Tourism or perhaps to visit a family member.

You can come to the UK as a Standard Visitor:

  • for tourism, for example on a holiday or to see your family and friends
  • for certain business activities, for example, attending a meeting
  • to do a short course of study
  • to take part in research or an exchange program as an academic
  • for medical reasons, for example, to receive private medical treatment

You may not have to apply for a visa. What you need to do depends on your nationality and what you plan to do in the UK.

To see if you qualify for a general visitors visa – UK Visitors Visa

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