If you are a national of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you will not need a visa to travel. Citizens from other countries that do not require visas include the US, Canada, and Australia. However many countries are required to obtain a UK visitor visa prior to travel. If you do need a visa to travel to the UK, you can apply now.
Most visas will allow you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You should apply as soon as possible as the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced they expect to receive over a million visa applications for the Olympic Games.
To be eligible for a UK visitor visa, you must be able to show that:
- you intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months;
- you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;
- you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
- you can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; and
You must also be able to show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:
- take paid or unpaid employment, produce goods or provide services, including the selling of goods or services directly to members of the public;
- do a course of study;
- marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership; or
- receive private medical treatment.
Nationals or citizens of countries like Egypt, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Fiji are required to apply for a visitor visa if traveling to the UK. Please note, the UK is not a member of the Schengen group of countries, so a Schengen visa will not be valid for travel to the UK.
The UKBA expects there to be heightened security during the 16-day Games, which begin on 27 July 2012.
As a tourist on a UK visitor visa you will not be allowed to work or study while in the UK. If you wish to work or study in the UK you will need to apply for a separate visa like the Tier 2 Skilled Migrant visa or the Tier 4 Student visa.
Global Visa Support offers a variety of programmes in United Kingdom. Please check our UK page for more information: http://www.globalvisasupport.com/uk.html