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Visa Requirements for United Kingdom Citizens
Visa requirements for citizens of the United Kingdom vary according to the administrative entry restrictions determined by the authorities of other states.
Citizens of the United Kingdom have visa-free access to around 190 countries and territories, and are able to obtain an eVisa for over 20 nations around the world. It is necessary for British passport holders to apply for a consular or embassy visa in order to enter around 30 countries.
The British passport ranks eighth in the world on the Henley Passport Index, measured in terms of travel freedom. In 2016, the World Tourism Organization concluded that the British passport ranked first in the world for travel freedom.
Despite being able to enjoy a high level of visa-free (and eVisa) travel, British passport holders should be sure to check the visa requirements for British citizens before planning a trip to any foreign country.
Most territories with visa-free or eVisa access for British citizens permit travelers from the United Kingdom to spend between 14 and 360 days in the territory. For longer stays, travelers may be required to apply for a visa extension or obtain another visa type from a diplomatic mission.
The type of visa a British individual requires depends on the purpose of the stay, whether for business, to work or trade, or to study.
Whether citizens of the United Kingdom require a visa or not, it is necessary to have a valid British passport to gain entry into a foreign country or territory.
The minimum validity required for British passports varies depending on the country or territory to be visited. Minimum passport validity can be from 30 days up to six months. It may also be necessary for British citizens to ensure their passport has one or two blank pages in order to receive entry or exit stamps.
Other types of UK nationals, such as British Overseas Nationals, British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens, British Protected Persons or British Subjects, have different visa requirements.