Do you need a visa as a child visitor?
This page explains whether you will need to obtain a visa before you come to the UK as a child visitor.
This page explains whether you will need to obtain a visa before you come to the UK as a child visitor, and how you can apply for a visa.
You will need a visa if you:
- are a visa national (see 'More information' below); or
- are stateless (you do not have a nationality); or
- hold a non-national travel document (a travel document which does not give you the nationality of the country that issued it); or
- hold a passport issued by an authority that is not recognised in the UK.
Even if you do not need a visa, you may decide that you should apply for one anyway - see 'More information' below.
If you do not need a visa and you travel to the UK without one, please see the Documents page for information about the documents that you should bring with you. If you cannot show that you meet the requirements for a child visitor, our officers at the UK border may refuse to let you enter the UK.
Are you a visa national?
Nationals or citizens of the following countries and territorial entities are known as 'visa nationals':
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- People's Republic of China (unless they hold a passport issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Macao Special Administrative Region)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- Ivory Coast
- Korea (North)
- Palestinian Territories
- Republic of South Sudan
- Republic of Sudan
- Sao Tome e Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Taiwan (unless they hold a Taiwan passport which includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan)
- United Arab Emirates
- Vatican City
- Venezuela (unless they hold a Venezuelan passport which contains biometric information held in an electronic chip)
- The territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Should you apply for a visa if you do not need one?
Even if you do not need a visa, you may want to obtain one before you travel as it could save you time when you arrive at the UK border.
And we strongly advise you to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK if:
- you have any unspent criminal convictions in any country, including the UK;
- you have previously been refused entry, deported or otherwise removed from the UK;
- you have breached the terms of any previous entry to the UK (for example, by working illegally or staying here after your permission to stay expired);
- you have previously applied for a visa and been refused; or
- you have been warned by a UK official that you should obtain a visa before you travel to the UK.
You may not be allowed to enter the UK if you do not have a visa.