Guideline for sports persons intending to participate in sporting events in the UK

10 May 2024, 45 mins ago

As a renowned sports hub, the UK hosts numerous sporting events each year, attracting sportspersons from all over the globe.

Depending on the sporting event you are looking to participate in, you may enter the UK as a visitor for a paid engagement or event via the standard UK visitor visa. If you are a professional sportsperson, this visa allows you to be paid for activities that directly relate to your full-time profession, such as participating in a sporting event.

You will also need to show that you have an invitation from a UK-based sports organisation that organises or hosts sporting events or matches, or from an agency or broadcaster.

It is important to note that along with your UK-based invitation, you will also need to demonstrate that you are an established sportsperson in your home country. This can be evidenced via media coverage, proof of recent performances or through any awards that you may have received.

Please be aware that you can come to the UK for up to 6 months, but you must participate in the relevant sporting event in the first month of your arrival. All visitors entering the UK for a particular sporting event must comply with the standard visitor rules, along with the requirements outlined above. 

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