Visit the UK for a holiday or to see family or friends

Find out what you need to do if you’re visiting the UK for a holiday or to see family or friends.

  1. Step 1 Check if you’re eligible

    1. Find out what you can do when you visit the UK

    You must meet the Standard Visitor 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 have a passport from:

    • 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