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Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – United Kingdom (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

US citizens intending to travel to the UK for touristic or private visit (e.g., family and friends) purposes are not required to obtain visas for stays of less than 6 months. Additionally, while some countries require a minimum passport validity of at least 3, 6 or 9 months for visitors, the UK has no such requirement. As such, US citizens who wish to enter the UK as tourists and visitors are only required to present a valid US passport.

Those intending to travel to the UK should be able to prove that:

  • They intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months;
  • They intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
  • They have sufficient funds to support themselves while in the UK without the need to work or financial support from public funds.

The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) employs a 5-tier point-based visa system. US citizens intending to visit the UK for purposes other than tourism or private visit and for stays longer than 6 months should consult the UKBA website for further information on visa requirements and immigration laws. The UKBA website should also help visitors find out whether they need visas to enter the United Kingdom.

Additionally, US citizens can obtain information from the UK Embassy and Consulates General in the United States.

British Embassy
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
20008
USA
Telephone: (202) 588-6500 / 588-7800 (Consular)
Fax: (202) 588-7870
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/

Consulates General

Atlanta
Georgia Pacific Center
Suite 3400
133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA
30303
USA
Telephone: (404) 954-7700
Fax: (404) 954-7702

Boston
One Broadway
Cambridge, MA
02142
USA
Telephone: (617) 245-4500
Fax: (617) 621-0220

Chicago
The Wrigley Building
400 N Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL
60611
USA
Telephone: (312) 970-3800
Fax: (312) 970-3852

Denver
Suite 1030, World Trade Centre Tower
1675 Broadway
Denver, CO
80202
USA
Telephone: (303) 592-5200
Fax: (303) 592-5209

Miami
Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL
33131
USA
Telephone: (305) 374-3500 / (212) 796-5773 (Visas for the UK and Overseas Territories) / 1-800-462-2748 (Tourist Information for those Residing in the USA)
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/miami

Orlando
200 South Orange Ave, Suite 2110
Orlando, FL
32801
USA
Telephone: (407) 254-3300 / (212) 796-5773 (Visas for the UK and Overseas Territories) / 1-800-462-2748 (Tourist Information for those Residing in the USA)

Houston
Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Suite 1900
Houston, TX
77002
USA
Telephone: (713) 659-6270
Fax: (713) 659-7094
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/houston/

Los Angeles
11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA
90025-6538
USA
Telephone: (310) 481-0031 / 481-2900 (Visa)
Fax: (310) 481-2960 / 481-2961 (Visas only)
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/la

New York
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY
10022
USA
Telephone: (212) 745-0200 / 745-0200 (Consular)
Fax: (212) 754-3062 (Consular and Visa)

San Francisco
Suite 850, 1 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA
94104
USA
Telephone: (415) 617-1300
Fax: (415) 434-2018
Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/sf/

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