UK Customs and immigration
Before you arrive...
Make sure you have the appropriate identification and the correct visa before you get here:
To enter the UK you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EEA citizen. If you are not an EU national, you will need to show further documentation, including a landing card, and you may need a visa. For detailed information please refer to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
You may need to acquire a visa before you travel to Britain, if you are not a British citizen or a citizen of one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries.
Nationals from some countries will need a visa whatever the reason they are travelling to the UK, while nationals from other countries may only need a visa for a particular reason; for example, to marry and live with a British citizen.
If you have a valid passport and UK visa, you will normally be granted entry to the UK. When you arrive in Britain your visa tells UK immigration:
The reason you are travelling to Britain
How long you are allowed to stay
The last day you are allowed entry
Entry clearance follows strict rules and procedures.
For full details about visa requirements and application procedures, visit UK Visas.