If you want to come to London, you will have to take care of some administrative things to get a visa. We know you will enjoy taking care of it because after all, we all love “admin stuff”…..
But there is no choice. This is one of these necessary evils.
Due to some recent events we thought it would be a good idea to remind you guys what is required to enter the United Kingdom (UK) and therefore what is required to get to London.
What is a Visa?
This might sound basic but what is a visa exactly?
A visa is a stamp on your passport (or a travel document placed in your passport) that gives you the authorization to enter a country.
How do I know if I need one?
People who are coming from a country that is not part of the European Union need to get a visa to enter in the UK. At least that’s the situation for the time being but we won’t get into politics here.
This is an important step, you must get one otherwise you won’t be allowed in the UK. If you don’t know whether you need one or not, contact the British embassy based in your country or visit the website below:
There are 3 main reasons why someone would like to come to the UK.
It can be to:
- visit (although the website above gives many other reasons). Depending on one of these reasons and the country you live in, your chances of getting a visa will be either high or low.
Where do I need to go to get one?
How long will it take for my visa to be processed?
The processing time depends on three main criteria:
- The location from which you want to make the application (for example: do you apply from Nairobi? Mumbai? Or Paris?)
- The visa category (for example: is it visit visa? Points based visa?…)
- The visa type (for example: is it for a long term visit? Business visit? Family visit?)
How much will it cost?
The visa application fee also depends on the 3 criteria indicated above. If you would like to know how much it will cost you simply visit the Visa application fees page.
For further information about Visas & Immigration click here.
Applying for a visa is not difficult but there are different scenarios possible.
That’s why we didn’t go through them here but rather we thought it would be a good idea to point you in the right direction so you can have an idea of the time and money it could take to get one.
Also, due to the recent political turmoil and uncertainty we thought it would be great to remind everyone about the steps they can take to secure their visa so they can come to London. After all…. No visa, No London!