How long can I stay in the UK as a visitor?

06 Jan 2023, 26 mins ago

There is often confusion over how long you can stay in the UK as a visitor because the UK system varies from that of the Schengen area.

The standard position is that the UK allows a visitor to stay for no longer than 180 days per visit. There is no rule that you cannot spend more than 90 days in the UK in any rolling 180-day period as a visitor – which is the case for the Schengen area.

Visitors to the UK should, however, still be mindful of how much time they are spending in the UK per year. You can face questioning at the UK border, or worse – be denied entry at the border if your previous patterns of visits suggest that you have been living in the UK through frequent and successive visits.

Visitors must also keep in mind that the activities they can undertake whilst in the UK are very limited. Working in the UK as a visitor is usually not permitted, for example. You can read more about this in our previous blog.

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