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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.
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Telephone: (202) 588-6500 / 588-7800 (Consular)
Fax: (202) 588-7870
Georgia Pacific Center
133 Peachtree Street NE
Telephone: (404) 954-7700
Fax: (404) 954-7702
Telephone: (617) 245-4500
Fax: (617) 621-0220
The Wrigley Building
400 N Michigan Avenue
Telephone: (312) 970-3800
Fax: (312) 970-3852
Suite 1030, World Trade Centre Tower
Telephone: (303) 592-5200
Fax: (303) 592-5209
Brickell Bay Drive
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)
200 South Orange Ave, Suite 2110
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)
Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Suite 1900
Telephone: (713) 659-6270
Fax: (713) 659-7094
11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (310) 481-0031 / 481-2900 (Visa)
Fax: (310) 481-2960 / 481-2961 (Visas only)
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY
Telephone: (212) 745-0200 / 745-0200 (Consular)
Fax: (212) 754-3062 (Consular and Visa)
Suite 850, 1 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA
Telephone: (415) 617-1300
Fax: (415) 434-2018