EU Citiziens do not need a visa when visiting the UK. However, you must apply for a standard visitor visa if you live outside of the European Union or Switzerland. Citizens from the USA, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand do not require a visa to visit the UK but are prohibited from work. However, you must still have the same documents required to get a visa, ready to present when arriving at the UK border. If you qualify for British citizenship then you might not need a standard visa.
Follow this link here to see if you qualify for a visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
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. It is £85.00 to apply for the standard visitor visa. Dependant on what country you’re based in, depends how long your visa will take to com.
To find out how long it will take in your specific country click here: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/overview
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
- A current passport or other valid travel identification
- One passport sized colour photograph
- Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip e.g bank statements or pay-slips for the last 6 months
- A page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa
- A certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh
For more information on what you need and how to apply visit this website: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/apply
If you are under 18 there are different travel restrictions depending on if you’re travelling alone, or being accompanied by an adult.
All of the specific information is on the website here: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/if-youre-under-18