While the UK is a member of the European Union, it does not fully implement the Schengen Agreement, which means that travel to and from other EU countries (except Ireland) involves systematic passport / identity card checks at the border and separate visa requirements for several countries.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not require a visa, and can enter with either a valid national identity card or passport. They have the right to reside and work in the UK. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa , Hongkong, Janpan and the USAare given leave to enter the UK at their point of arrival for up to six months (three months for some nationalities), but are prohibited from working. You can check if you need to apply a visa on https://www. gov. uk/check-uk-visa.
For those who need a visa to enter UK, you can check information on www. gov. uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.
Bacially, You need to:
register for an account
fill in the application form in English
pay for the visa fee online (in most cases)
print out your form
book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre
Here is a simple guide of supporting documents you may need to apply the visa:
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
a current passport or other valid travel identification
2 passport size colour photographs
evidence of your martial status, such as marriage certificate, a civil partnership, or a divorce certificate
evidence of your current employment or studies
evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans – eg accommodation and return travel bookings, a planned itinerary.
You must have the original and a photocopy of all the supporting documents and translate any supporting documents and include them with the originals if they aren’t in English .
Published on 6 October 2014, British-Irish visa scheme started by the end of October 2014. Under this scheme, Chinese and Indian nationals can visit the UK and Ireland using just a single visa. Please see this website for details: https://www. gov. uk/government/publications/british-irish-visa-scheme/british-irish-visa-scheme