Entering the UK – International Attendees
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you can continue to visit the UK without applying for a visa and in most cases, will be able to stay for up to six months. You may participate in a wide range of activities, including business-related activities such as meetings, events and conferences.
Whether you need to apply for a visa to visit the UK depends on your nationality. Please use the following link to find out if you need a visa to enter the UK: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
The visa national list can be found HERE.
The current processing time for a visa application is on average 7 weeks.
If you are a national who does not require a visa to visit the UK, you do not need to apply for a visit visa to participate in UK hosted events if what you are coming to do is permitted under the visitor route: CLICK HERE. You can apply for entry on arrival in the UK.
National ID cards are no longer accepted as a valid travel document to enter the UK, therefore a passport valid for the duration of your stay will be required.
Full instructions on what to do before, during and after applying for a visa, and what to do once you enter the UK can be found on the following website: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/what-you-need-to-do
Visa applications must be completed and paid online using the following link: www.gov.uk/apply-ukvisa.
Can EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens Visiting the UK Still Use eGates?
You can use automatic eGates at some airports if you have a biometric symbol on the cover of your passport and you are 12 or over. Using the eGates is usually faster. Read the guide to faster travel through the UK border.
Find out more, click here.
Promoting an Organization at Exhibitions
You can promote your business at exhibitions but are not allowed to sell directly to the public or intended audience (goods and funds being exchanged at the exhibition). EU, EEA and Swiss citizens are permitted to promote their own business at conferences/exhibitions without needing to apply for a visa, as this is allowed under the permitted general business activities for visitors.
Do EU Citizens Need Travel Insurance When They Visit the UK?
The UK Government advises visitors to the UK to take out travel insurance. This means that you can reclaim any healthcare costs you are required to pay from your insurer. Check your insurance has the necessary healthcare coverage to make sure you can get the treatment you need during your visit.
For further details, please ensure you check gov.uk before you travel, click here.