You can stay in the UK as a tourist for up to 6 months without a visa.
What you can and cannot do
You can visit the UK on holiday or to spend time with family and friends.
While in the UK as a tourist, you cannot:
- do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
- claim public funds (benefits)
- live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits
- marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership. You’ll need a Marriage Visitor visa instead
What you need at the UK border
You must provide a valid passport or travel document. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
You may also be asked to prove that:
- you’re visiting for tourism
- you’re able to support yourself and your dependents during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
- you’ve arranged accommodation for your stay
- you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else)
- you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit
If you’re under 18 and travelling alone
You may need to show a letter from your parent or guardian giving:
- their contact details and consent for you to travel to the UK
- the name, date of birth, address and relationship to you of the person you’re staying with
- their consent for you to stay with the person named in the letter
If you’re not staying with a close relative
Your parent or guardian must tell the relevant local authority about your visit if you’re both of the following:
- under 16 (or under 18 if you have a disability)
- going to be looked after for more than 28 days by someone who is not a close relative (called ‘private foster care’)
You should bring a reply from the local authority if you have one.