This page contains information on passports & visas for foreign travel, particularly for UK citizens.
UK passport service
You can renew a passport up to 9 months in advance and have the remaining time added to your new passport.
For comprehensive information on UK passports, including costs for the different services, visit the UK Identity & Passport Service website or telephone.
Tel: 0870 521 0410
How to find out about visa requirements
If you have a question about visa requirements, initially you can contact the travel enquiry desk at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Website: www.fco.gov.uk, Tel: 020 7238 4503/4). You might also check the websites listed at the bottom of this page.You should also contact the Consulate or Embassy of the country you are planning to visit (the number can be found at the above FCO site). In addition, certain travel agents may be able to assist you. Find these at OSCAR - Service zone - Logistics - Travel - Travel Agents
Obtaining a visa
Some countries will issue visas when you arrive in the country. For others it is necessary to obtain a visa before you travel. This may require a visit to their embassy or consulate in the UK. You must make sure you have all the documents required for application before you go (to avoid the frustration that many have been through before!). Alternatively, there are some commercial companies who can obtain your visa for you (see www.visaservice.co.uk ) or certain travel agents may be able to obtain your visa for you. For more information on these see OSCAR - Service zone - Logistics - Travel - Travel Agents.
Visas for passport holders who are not British citizens
Your national status is noted on the personal data page of your passport. If this is any of the following, you may need a visa that is not required by British citizens.
British Dependent Territories Citizen
British Overseas Citizen
British Nationals Overseas
British Protected Person
Again, visa information for these groups can be obtained from the above sources.
N.B. Some countries will not allow you to apply for a work visa until you are in the country. Entry, therefore, is by tourist/visitors visa and this is transferred after you arrive. Take plenty of passport sized photos with you as some countries require frequent and multi-copy visa and work permit applications.
Visas for foreign nationals coming to the UK
General details of visa requirements and application information for foreign nationals entering the UK can be found at www.ukvisas.gov.uk
Information for those coming to work or live in the UK from overseas can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Other websites with visa information:
(it is always worth double checking with the embassy of your destination country any of this info you find online, it is not always accurate or up-to-date)
passport & visa information
DirectGovThis website provides the latest and widest range of public service information from the UK government. It includes info for those planning to live abroad including: UK Passport Info & Application, UK Consulates & Embassies, Immunisations and Travel Health, Country Travel Advice, Customs & Duties Information.
Embassy WorldThrough this site you can look up any embassy, anywhere in the world. You can also check visa requirements worldwide.
Foreign & Commonwealth OfficeFCO have a comprehensive list of UK embassies overseas and foreign embassies in the UK.
Global VisasGlobal Visas is a UK Immigration Consultancy. They specialise in UK Immigration but can also provide advice on visas and entry requirements for other countries.
Immigration and VisaWe are a City of London Immigration Law Firm made up of exceptional Immigration Barristers and Solicitors. Our in-house legal expertise will provide you with comprehensive UK Visa and Immigration advice. If you have a UK Immigration matter and want expert legal advice, call us now for a FREE initial consultation.
Tel: 0207 1830 529
OAGOAG is the world’s leading independent source of flight schedule information and OAG.com has the largest list of flight schedules from around the world. The site also lists basic details of which passports are accepted and where a visa may also be required.
UK Visas & ImmigrationLeading Immigration Consultancy in the UK. They can help you get a UK visa whether it's for visiting, studying or family from all around the world.
Visa BureauVisa Bureau is an independent immigration consultancy with offices in America, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. We offer a comprehensive range of immigration and visa services for America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to clients worldwide.
VisaconnectVisaconnect can offer you professional advice and assistance about the streams of the United Kingdom migration program, visa classes and other immigration law issues. Also advice on Australia visa issues.
VisalogicVisalogic is a UK-based, registered immigration consultancy that specialises in providing assistance to employers and individuals seeking to relocate to the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Visalogic is registered to give immigration advice by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
Tel: 0800 109 0200