Visa requirements for British citizens

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Visa requirements for British citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the United Kingdom. In 2013, British citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 173 countries and territories, ranking the British passport 1st in the world (tied with Finnish and Swedish).[1] Visa requirements for other classes of British nationals such as British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Protected Persons or British Subjects are different.

Visa requirements map[edit]

Visa requirements for British citizens
  Freedom of movement
  Visa-free / electronic authorization
  Visa on arrival
                     Limited visa on arrival
  Pre-approved visa pick up on arrival
  Visa required

Visa requirements[edit]

Country Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Afghanistan Visa required[2]
 Albania Visa not required[3] 90 days
 Algeria Visa required[4]
 Andorra Visa not required[5]
 Angola Visa required[6]
 Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required[7] 6 months
 Argentina Visa not required[8] 90 days
 Armenia Visa not required[9] 180 days
 Australia and territories eVisitor[10] 90 days on each visit in 12 month period if granted
 Austria Visa not required[11] Freedom of movement
 Azerbaijan Visa required[12]
 Bahamas Visa not required[13] 8 months
 Bahrain Visa on arrival[14] 3 months
 Bangladesh Visa on arrival[15] 30 days
 Barbados Visa not required[16] 6 months
 Belarus Visa required[17] Visas are issued on arrival at the Minsk International Airport
if the support documents were submitted not later than 3 business days before expected date of arrival.[18]
 Belgium Visa not required[19] Freedom of movement
 Belize Visa not required[20] 1 month
 Benin Visa required[21]
 Bhutan Visa required[22] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Bolivia Visa not required[23] 90 days
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa not required[24] 90 days
 Botswana Visa not required[25] 90 days
 Brazil Visa not required[26] 90 days
 Brunei Visa not required[27] 90 days
 Bulgaria Visa not required[28] Freedom of movement
 Burkina Faso Visa on arrival[29] 1 month
 Burma Visa required[30] Visa on arrival for 28 days, if arriving from Siem Reap, Guangzhou or Phnom Penh on MAI.[31]
 Burundi Visa on arrival[32] 30 days; obtainable at Bujumbura International Airport
 Cambodia Visa on arrival[33] 30 days. Visa is also obtainable online.[34]
 Cameroon Visa required[35] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Canada Visa not required[36] 6 months
 Cape Verde Visa on arrival[37]
 Central African Republic Visa required[38]
 Chad Visa required[39]
 Chile Visa not required[40] 90 days
 China Visa required[41] 72-hours visa free visit when in transit at Beijing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Shenyang and Xi'an.
 Colombia Visa not required[42] 180 days
 Comoros Visa on arrival[43]
 Republic of the Congo Visa required[44]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa required[45]
 Costa Rica Visa not required[46] 90 days
 Croatia Visa not required[47] Freedom of movement
 Cuba Tourist Card required[48]
 Cyprus Visa not required[49] Freedom of movement
 Czech Republic Visa not required[50] Freedom of movement
 Denmark and territories Visa not required[51] Freedom of movement (DK)
 Djibouti Visa on arrival[52]
 Dominica Visa not required[53] 6 months
 Dominican Republic Tourist Card on arrival[54] 90 days
 Ecuador Visa not required[55] 90 days
 Egypt Visa on arrival[56] 30 days
 El Salvador Visa not required[57] 3 months
 Equatorial Guinea Visa required[58]
 Eritrea Visa required[59] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Estonia Visa not required[60] Freedom of movement
 Ethiopia Visa on arrival[61]
 Fiji Visa not required[62] 4 months
 Finland Visa not required[63] Freedom of movement
 France and territories Visa not required[64] Freedom of movement (in Regions of France)
 Gabon Visa required[65] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Gambia Visa not required[66] 90 days
 Georgia Visa not required[67] 360 days
 Germany Visa not required[68] Freedom of movement
 Ghana Visa required[69] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Greece Visa not required[70] Freedom of movement
 Grenada Visa not required[71] 6 months
 Guatemala Visa not required[72] 90 days
 Guinea Visa required[73]
 Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival[74] 90 days
 Guyana Visa not required[75] 3 months
 Haiti Visa not required[76] 90 days
 Honduras Visa not required[77] 3 months
 Hungary Visa not required[78] Freedom of movement
 Iceland Visa not required[79] Freedom of movement
 India Visa required[80]
 Indonesia Visa on arrival[81] 30 days
 Iran Visa required[82]
 Iraq Visa required[83] Visa on arrival for 15 days at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.
 Ireland Visa not required[84] Freedom of movement, Common Travel Area
 Israel Visa not required[85] 3 months
 Italy Visa not required[86] Freedom of movement
 Ivory Coast Visa required[87] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Jamaica Visa not required[88] 30 days
 Japan Visa not required[89] 90 days, extendable once
 Jordan Visa on arrival[90] Conditions apply[91]
 Kazakhstan Visa not required[92] 15 days as part of the no-visa pilot program in period 15 July 2014 - 15 July 2015[93]
 Kenya Visa on arrival[94] 3 months
 Kiribati Visa not required[95] 30 days
 North Korea Visa required[96]
 South Korea Visa not required[97] 90 days
 Kuwait Visa on arrival[98] 3 months
 Kyrgyzstan Visa not required[99] 60 days
 Laos Visa on arrival[100] 30 days
 Latvia Visa not required[101] Freedom of movement
 Lebanon Visa on arrival[102] 3 months. Not available at all entry points.[103]
 Lesotho Visa not required[104] 14 days
 Liberia Visa required[105] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Libya Visa required[106] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Liechtenstein Visa not required[107] Freedom of movement
 Lithuania Visa not required[108] Freedom of movement
 Luxembourg Visa not required[109] Freedom of movement
 Macedonia Visa not required[110] 90 days
 Madagascar Visa on arrival[111] 90 days
 Malawi Visa not required[112] 90 days
 Malaysia Visa not required[113] 3 months
 Maldives Visa on arrival[114] 30 days
 Mali Visa on arrival[115]
 Malta Visa not required[116] Freedom of movement
 Marshall Islands Free visa on arrival[117] 90 days. Free of charge.
 Mauritania Visa on arrival[118]
 Mauritius Visa not required[119] 90 days
 Mexico Visa not required[120] 180 days
 Micronesia Visa not required[121] 30 days
 Moldova Visa not required[122] 90 days
 Monaco Visa not required[123]
 Mongolia Visa not required[124] 30 days; until 12/2015
 Montenegro Visa not required[125] 90 days
 Morocco Visa not required[126] 90 days
 Mozambique Visa on arrival[127] 30 days
 Namibia Visa not required[128] 3 months
 Nauru Free visa on arrival[129] Free of charge.
   Nepal Visa on arrival[130] 90 days
 Netherlands and territories Visa not required[131] Freedom of movement (European Netherlands)
 New Zealand and territories Visa not required[132] 3 months
 Nicaragua Visa not required[133] 90 days
 Niger Visa required[134]
 Nigeria Visa required[135] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Norway Visa not required[136] Freedom of movement
 Oman Visa on arrival[137] 3 months
 Pakistan Visa required[138] Visa on arrival when travelling on business valid for 30 days. Conditions apply.[139]
 Palau Visa on arrival[140] 30 days
 Panama Visa not required[141] 180 days
 Papua New Guinea Visa on arrival[142] 60 days
 Paraguay Visa not required[143] 90 days
 Peru Visa not required[144] 183 days
 Philippines Visa not required[145] 30 days
 Poland Visa not required[146] Freedom of movement
 Portugal Visa not required[147] Freedom of movement
 Qatar Visa on arrival[148] 1 month
 Romania Visa not required[149] Freedom of movement
 Russia Visa required[150] 72-hour Visa on arrival in Kaliningrad if traveling as part of a tour group
organized by an authorized travel agent.[151]
 Rwanda Visa not required[152] 90 days
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa not required[153] 3 months
 Saint Lucia Visa not required[154] 6 weeks
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required[155] 1 month
 Samoa Free Entry Permit on arrival[156] 60 days. Free of charge.
 San Marino Visa not required[157]
 São Tomé and Príncipe Visa required[158] Visa is obtained online.[159]
 Saudi Arabia Visa required[160]
 Senegal Visa on arrival[161] 3 months
 Serbia Visa not required[162] 90 days
 Seychelles Free Visitor's Permit on arrival[163] 1 month. Free of charge.
 Sierra Leone Visa required[164] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Singapore Visa not required[165] 90 days
 Slovakia Visa not required[166] Freedom of movement
 Slovenia Visa not required[167] Freedom of movement
 Solomon Islands Free Visitor's permit on arrival[168] 3 months. Free of charge.
 Somalia Visa on arrival[169] 30 days, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted
to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.
 South Africa Visa not required[170] 90 days
 South Sudan Visa required[171]
 Spain Visa not required[172] Freedom of movement
 Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization[173] 30 days
 Sudan Visa required[174]
 Suriname Tourist Card on arrival[175] 90 days
 Swaziland Visa not required[176] 30 days
 Sweden Visa not required[177] Freedom of movement
  Switzerland Visa not required[178] Freedom of movement
 Syria Visa required[179]
 Tajikistan Visa on arrival[180] 45 days
 Tanzania Visa on arrival[181]
 Thailand Visa not required[182] 30 days
 Timor-Leste Visa on arrival[183] 30 days. Not available at all entry points.[184]
 Togo Visa on arrival[185] 7 days
 Tonga Free visa on arrival[186] 31 days. Free of charge.
 Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required[187] 30 days
 Tunisia Visa not required[188] 3 months
 Turkey eVisa[189] 3 months
 Turkmenistan Visa required[190] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival.
 Tuvalu Free visa on arrival[191] 1 month. Free of charge.
 Uganda Visa on arrival[192]
 Ukraine Visa not required[193] 90 days
 United Arab Emirates Free visa on arrival[194] 30 days. Free of charge.
 United States Visa Waiver Program[195] 90 days on arrival from overseas for 2 years, ESTA required
 Uruguay Visa not required[196] 90 days
 Uzbekistan Visa required[197] Pre-approved visa can be picked up on arrival. Simplified procedure for British citizens.[198]
 Vanuatu Visa not required[199] 30 days
  Vatican City Visa not required[200]
 Venezuela Visa not required[201] 90 days
 Vietnam Visa required[202] Pre-arranged visa obtained online through travel agencies available at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang airports.
 Yemen Visa required[203]
 Zambia Visa on arrival[204] 90 days
 Zimbabwe Visa on arrival[205] 3 months

Dependent, Disputed, or Restricted territories[edit]

Visa requirements for British citizens for visits to various territories, disputed areas, partially recognized countries and restricted zones:

Britain related (British citizens who also have a connection to the BOTs, have no restriction on their stay)
Europe
Africa
Asia
Caribbean and North Atlantic
Oceania
South Atlantic and Antarctica


Vaccination[edit]

Many African countries, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia require all incoming passengers to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination. Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area.[325]

Passport validity[edit]

Many countries require passport validity of no less than 6 months and one or two blank pages.[326]

Countries requiring passport validity of at least 6 months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Cambodia, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq (except when arriving at Basra - 3 months and Erbil or Sulaimaniyah - on arrival), Israel, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, countries requiring passport validity of at least 4 months on arrival include Micronesia, Zambia, countries requiring passport validity of at least 3 months on arrival include Georgia, Honduras, Iceland, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Nauru, Panama, United Arab Emirates and countries requiring passport validity of at least 1 month on arrival include Eritrea, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa.[327] Other countries require either a passport valid on arrival or passport valid throughout the period of intended stay.

Fingerprinting[edit]

Several countries including Argentina, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the United States demand all passengers to be fingerprinted on arrival.[328][329][330][331][332][333][334]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Holders of various categories of official British passports have additional visa-free access to the following countries - China (diplomatic passports), Kuwait (diplomatic or official passports), Mongolia (diplomatic or official passports), Qatar (diplomatic or official passports and British Diplomatic Messenger or Queen's Messenger Passports) and the United Arab Emirates (diplomatic or official passports). Holders of diplomatic or service passports of any country have visa-free access to Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe.

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