Depending on the country you are from, you might be able to visit the UK without a visa or by applying for a visa waiver. Check with us to find out if you need a visit visa. Home Office fees for a visit visa is generally between £95 to £822. There are different ways to apply if you are a Chinese citizen visiting as part of a tour group, or you want to stay in the UK with your family for more than 6 months.
Standard visitor visa - You can come to the UK as a Standard Visitor for Tourism, on a holiday or to see your family and friends; for certain business activities, for attending a meeting, to do a short course of study, to take part in research or an exchange programme as an academic, for medical reasons to receive private medical treatment.
How long you can stay - You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months. The Home Office fee for which normally is £95.
You may be able to stay for longer period if you are coming to the UK for private medical treatment - up to 11 months. Home Office fee for this visa is £190.
If you need to visit the UK regularly - you can apply for a long term Standard Visitor visa that lasts for 2, 5 or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit.
Fees - A Standard Visitor visa costs £95; 2 years visa costs £361; 5 years visa costs £655; 10 years visa costs £822.
Extending your visit visa - You cannot switch from a Standard Visitor Visa to another type of visa.