Traveling to the United Kingdom? Check UK Visa Requirements First!
As the major overhaul of the United Kingdom’s immigration rules continues, more Americans may find they require a visa, or entry clearance, as well as a work permit, to enter the country. These changes affect, but are not limited to, spouses/fiancés/partners/children of UK citizens, students (current, future, and prospective), interns, and business people. If you fall into one of these categories and do not have a visa from a UK consulate prior to traveling, you will not be allowed to enter the United Kingdom. UK immigration authorities can hold you in a detention facility until the next available flight back to the United States. The U.S. Embassy cannot interfere with or influence the decisions of UK immigration authorities. If you are denied entry, you may also face a 10-year ban from re-entering the United Kingdom.Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/707771706/##Lawrence OP## on Flickr
Please remind your family and friends visiting the United Kingdom to check with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before traveling, or to consult with the nearest British consulate in the United States for information. The UKBA website is: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/. The website for the British consulates in the United States is: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en.
Note: The U.S. Embassy cannot definitively answer questions regarding entry requirements into the U.K. For an answer to your questions regarding U.K. visas or U.K. entry requirements, please contact the U.K. Border Agency.