Visit the UK on a business trip

Check what to do if you’re visiting the UK for an unpaid business activity, for example attending an interview, meeting or conference.

The rules are different if you’re an expert in your profession and you’re being paid by a UK company to attend an event or engagement in the UK.

  1. Step 1 Check if you’re eligible

    Find out what activities you can do and how to prove your eligibility if you’re:

    You must meet the eligibility requirements even if you do not need a visa.

  2. Step 2 Check if you need a visa

    Depending on the country you're from, you might be able to visit the UK without a visa or by applying for a visa waiver.

    1. Check if you need a visa
  3. Step 3 Apply for a visa

  4. or Apply for a family permit

    You may be able to visit on a family permit if you have a family member who is:

    • a citizen of an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
    • a Person of Northern Ireland
    • a British citizen
    1. Check if you can apply for a family permit
  5. or Apply for a visa waiver

    Apply for a visa waiver if you're a national of:

    • Kuwait
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • the United Arab Emirates
    1. Apply for a visa waiver £30
  6. Step 4 Check what you can bring with you

  7. Step 5 Check what you need to show at the UK border