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Visas & Customs Requirements


General Requirements:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required. A visa is not required for tourist or student stays of up to six months in the United Kingdom (UK) or to enter Gibraltar. Those planning to stay in the UK for any purpose longer than six months must obtain a visa prior to entering.

Students enrolled in a course of study that is longer than six months must obtain a visa prior to entering. Those required to obtain a visa, and fail to do so may be denied entry and returned to their port of origin. As of February 1, 2005, foreign visitors who wish to marry in the UK must obtain a visa as a fianc?/e or marriage visitor prior to entering, or obtain a UK Home Office certificate of approval.

The marriage visa requirement applies even to persons who do not intend to remain in the UK after their marriage. Visitors wishing to remain longer than one month in Gibraltar should regularize their stay with Gibraltar immigration authorities.

Further information on entry requirements may be obtained from the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel: (202) 588-7800. Inquiries may also be directed to British consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

General Consulates of United Kingdom:

Miami http://www.britainusa.com/miami
Orlando http://www.britainusa.com/orlando
Los Angeles http://www.britainusa.com/la
Washington http://www.britainusa.com/embassy
Atlanta http://www.britainusa.com/atlanta
Boston http://www.britainusa.com/boston
New York http://www.britainusa.com/ny
Chicago http://www.britainusa.com/chicago
Denver http://www.britainusa.com/denver
Houston http://www.britainusa.com/houston
San Francisco http://www.britainusa.com/sf
Seattle http://www.britainusa.com/seattle




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