If your stay in the UK is supposed to be longer than 6 months – Regardless of your nationality if you need to stay in the UK for more than 6 months, then you need to get a UK visitor visa. Moreover, if you wish to stay and work in the UK then you need to hold a UK visitor visa too.
If you are typically traveling as a tourist to the UK –In such a case you need to obtain a transit visa. Depending on the requirement tourists are issued different types of transit visa.
- Visitor in transit visa - Indians need to get this visa if they pass through the UK and would depart the country within 48 hours.
- Direct Airside Transit Visa - For Indians, this type of Visa is required if they have to change flights in the UK and will not go through British border control.
“Transit Visa is not required if you already have a valid visa issued by Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America.”
Who doesn’t need a UK Visa - Travellers from some countries are not required to get a UK visitor visa but some conditions do apply depending on the purpose of your visit. If the traveller is an
- EEA citizen
- A Swiss citizen
- A commonwealth citizen
Then they don’t need a UK visitor visa if they are travelling to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Also if the duration of visit is less than six months the same condition applies. On the contrary, if the visit duration is more than six months then a visa is mandatory.