Before you travel
This section contains information for people who want to travel to or from the UK, and explains what you may need to do before you travel.
This page describes the different types of UK entry clearance, including visas, and explains whether you need to apply for entry clearance before travelling to the UK.
This page explains how and why we collect information on passengers before they travel to or from the UK.
This page explains what operators and pilots of general aviation aircraft must do before they fly to or from the UK.
MORE NEWS AND UPDATES
- Changes to the Immigration Rules - July 2013
- Welcoming Games Family Members for the Commonwealth Games
- New statistics show net migration has decreased
- Calls for evidence for balance of competences reviews
The United Kingdom (UK) includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are considered as part of the UK for nationality purposes, but they have their own immigration laws and policies. The Channel Islands are not treated as part of the UK for value added tax (VAT) purposes.