How many days can you stay on a tourist visa if you plan to visit the UK this summer

29 May 2024, 50 mins ago

When planning a visit to the UK, it’s important to understand the rules surrounding the Standard Visitor visa to ensure that your trip is a smooth one.

The UK allows visitors to stay for up to 180 days per visit. Unlike the Schengen area, which imposes a rule of no more than 90 days in any rolling 180-day period, the UK isn’t as restrictive. Visitors must be cautious not to overstay or attempt to live in the UK through successive visits, as this can lead to complications at the border.

Visitors can enter the UK multiple times within a year, provided the 180-day limit is not exceeded. However, frequent and prolonged stays may raise suspicions that you are attempting to reside in the UK, which could result in being questioned or denied entry.

The activities permitted on a Standard Visitor visa are limited. You cannot work, receive benefits, or live in the UK for extended periods. Overstaying your visa can have severe consequences, including bans, penalties, and a negative impact on future visa applications.

For those needing to extend their stay, exceptions exist for specific situations, such as receiving medical treatment or working in academia. It is always advisable to consult with immigration professionals should one of these situations arise.

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