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What to do if you are currently in Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea or South Sudan and want to apply for a tourist visa. We call this a general visit visa.
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If you are an adult and you want to come to the UK as a tourist or to visit friends, you should apply to come here as a general visitor. You can also apply for this visa if you want to visit some family members (such as your cousin or an immediate family member that is not settled in the UK).Show information
To come to the UK as a general visitor, you must be able to show that:
You must also be able to show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:
For every document you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy.Show information
This includes a copy of your passport bio-data page (the page containing your photograph). If you do not provide a photocopy of each document, we might not return your original documents to you.
If you are visiting friends in the UK you may also want to provide:
If you send us a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by us.
Each translated document must contain:
You will need to complete and submit a visa application form online at Visa4UK.Show information
When you get to Visa4UK you will need to register and create an account.
When you have completed your online application form, you will need to print and sign your completed form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you can log in and print the form later.
You must use the online appointment calendar to book an appointment at the visa application centre. You can book, change or cancel your booking online.
When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a 'GWF reference'). Please make a note of this number. Your appointment must be no more than 90 days after the date you completed and submitted your online visa application form.
Before you sign your application form, you must ensure that the information on the form is correct and your supporting documents are genuine and unaltered. If you do not have a document you should explain why you do not have it. You must not provide a false document.
There are 2 ways you can pay your fee: At the visa application centre and at any of the designated Barclays Bank branches listed.Show information
There are 2 ways you can pay your fee:
You will need to wait 24 hours after paying the visa application fee before submitting the visa application at the visa application centre.
Barclays Bank Building, Woodvale Grove, Off Waiyaki Way
Barclays Bank Building, Muindi Mbingu Street
Off Kenyatta Street, Eldoret
Nakuru East branch
Off Kenyatta Avenue, Nakuru
Off Oginga Odinga Road, Kisumu
Barclays Bank Building, Off Nkurumah Road
Please ensure that your passport number is used as your personal reference if a cash deposit in a chosen bank is selected as a method of payment.
You can also pay your fee in cash at the visa application centre. You will be charged an additional Ksh 600.00 if you pay at the visa application centre.
The accknowledgement of your visa fee payment will be valid for 90 working days from the date of payment and you must submit your visa application within this period.
You should get a receipt when you pay the fee. We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.
To find out how much your visa will cost go to our fees page.
You must book and attend an appointment at our visa application centre to submit your application and facial photograph and fingerprints (we call this your biometric information).Show information
We will not process your visa application without your biometric information, unless you are exempt.
Every time you apply for a visa you must come to one of our visa application centres so we can scan your fingerprints and photograph your face.
Applicants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult when enrolling their biometric information. This adult cannot be a member of staff.
There is no extra fee for enrolling your biometric information. We will keep your biometric information for 10 years from the date when we last scanned your fingerprints and photographed your face.
If you are applying for a visitor, Tier 1, Tier 2 or settlement entry visa you must not choose the option of ‘Tier 4 applicants’ in the visa category when booking an appointment. Booking an appointment under the incorrect category or block booking appointments can lead to delays for yourself and other customers.
To scan your fingerprints, we use a machine and it does not use ink, liquids or chemicals.
You cannot enrol your fingerprints if your fingertips are cut or damaged, or if you have put any form of temporary decoration (such as henna) on them. You will not be able to enrol your biometric information until the injury has healed or the decoration has faded.
If any of your fingertips are missing, you must enrol your remaining fingerprints.
We will photograph your full face. You must not be wearing sunglasses, tinted spectacles, hair across the eyes or anything that obscures your face, but you can wear a head covering for religious or medical reasons.