You can apply for a Sports Visitor visa if you:
- want to come to the UK to take part in a specific sports-related event or activity
- are part of the support staff or an official working on a sporting event
- are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- meet the other eligibility requirements
You will only be able to accept payment in the form of prize money, accommodation and travel expenses.
You can apply for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) visa if you’re doing other paid work.
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
You can check the guide to processing times to see how long getting a visa might take in your country.
Sports Visitor visas cost £85.
Long-term visit visa fees are:
- 1 year - £324
- 2 years - £324
- 5 years - £588
- 10 years - £737
How long you can stay
You can stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months on a Sports Visitor visa.
You may be able to extend your stay by switching to a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) visa.
You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.
What you can and can’t do
- play in an event, tournament or series of events as an individual or as part of a team
- take part in charity events, broadcasts, personal or promotional appearances
- join an amateur team
- negotiate a contract or sponsorship deal
- take part in a trial, as long as it’s not in front of an audience
- train as an individual or as part of a team
- work as technical or support staff for a sportsperson or sporting event, eg as an umpire or coach
- live in the UK for extended periods through frequent visits
- work, including selling merchandise
- get public funds
- marry or register a civil partnership or give notice of marriage or civil partnership
- get private medical treatment
- bring family members (‘dependants’) with you on your application - they must apply separately