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Rules for Arriving in the United Kingdom

Read on for information about the rules and procedures for arriving in the UK. This section also covers customs and passport border checks and bringing in goods.

UK BORDER AGENCY: Further topics include advice on transiting through the country.

Find out what happens if you need to perform airport transfers and layovers. This section explains the rules for arriving in the United Kingdom.

Individuals and families entering the United Kingdom will also find help and guidance. Check the laws for bringing in goods like food, animals, and plants. They are also covered in the subsections below.

This informative section explains the current Visa procedures. Find out what happens when you are going through Customs and entering the UK.

You can also find out what goods you can bring into the United Kingdom. As a rule it depends on where you are travelling from. Check which products and devices you cannot bring into the country.

Entering UK Border Control and Customs

Apply for UK Visa GuideApply for a UK Visa

UK VISA APPLICATION: Check the section that explains how to apply for a UK visa. The current information relates most to the United Kingdom visa application online process.


Bringing Food, Animals or Plants into the UK GuideBring in Animals, Food, or Plants

CUSTOMS IMPORT RESTRICTIONS: Strict customs rules apply if you are bringing in food, animals, or plants into the United Kingdom. This guide explains how the restrictions may apply to your arrival at the border.


Bringing Goods into the UK GuideBringing Goods into the UK

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES: As a rule you can bring duty free goods into the United Kingdom. But only when the allowances are not restricted. Check which items are subject to tax when you travel from abroad.


Electronic Visa Waiver to Enter the UK GuideElectronic Visa Waiver

GET ELECTRONIC VISA WAIVER TO ENTER THE UK: The Electronic Visa Waiver scheme (EVW) is a 6 month visa to visit the United Kingdom. It is only available for those who have a passport from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, or Kuwait.


Entering the UK GuideEntering the UK

ARRIVAL & ENTRY VISAS: Border control will check your passport or identity card. You can also verify whether you need a visa for entering, or traveling through the United Kingdom.


UK Healthcare as Part of Immigration Application GuideHealthcare

IMMIGRATION HEALTHCARE: You may need to pay for healthcare as part of immigration or visa application. The section explains the process for the 'immigration health surcharge' (IHS).


Bringing Your Personal Belongings into the UK GuidePersonal Belongings

BRINGING YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS FROM ABROAD TO THE UK: Check out the customs tax and shipping responsibilities. They may apply when moving your personal belongings to the UK from overseas.


UK Pets Travel Scheme GuidePets Travel Scheme

PETS SCHEME: The section explains the rules for bringing a pet dog, cat, or a ferret into the United Kingdom. The PETS travel scheme covers the guidelines to take pets abroad either on a holiday or to live.


UK Registered Traveller Service GuideRegistered Traveller Service

REGISTERED TRAVELLERS: There are several travel benefits of membership in the Registered Traveller service. Find out how to apply for the United Kingdom Registered Traveller scheme.


UK Visa Check Online GuideUK Visa Check Online

CHECK IF YOU NEED A UK VISA: You can use the UK Visa Check to determine whether you need a visa to come to the United Kingdom. If you plan to visit, study, or work in the UK, you can now check your visa status online before you arrive.


UK Visa Fees Check Online GuideVisa Fees

VISA FEES CHECK ONLINE: There is an online tool at the Home Office website. It is for working out the cost of your UK Visa Application Fees in the country you are applying from.


Arriving in the United Kingdom: Entering through Customs with Belongings