Visa Information for the United Kingdom

Visa requirements

Disclaimer: Individuals attending the Summit are responsible for ensuring they have all the information needed pertaining to their circumstances for travel and applicable to their nationality or country of residence, and that the information submitted for the visa application and any transit visas needed is, to the best of their knowledge, accurate and reliable at the time of submission. One Young World provides the below information as a form of guidance only. In addition to reading this guide, it is highly recommended that all delegates take the time to read the UK's official guidance on the Standard Visitor Visa.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Note: The United Kingdom is NOT part of the Schengen area. Possession of a visa for the Schengen area does not entitle you to enter the United Kingdom.

Nationalities that DO NOT require a Standard Visitor Visa

If your country is recorded in the following list, you DO NOT require a visa to visit the UK. However, you are required to have at least three months of validity left on your passport from your planned date of exit from the UK and two blank pages left in your passport. For example, if you plan to leave the UK on 26 October 2019, your passport needs to be valid until at least 26 January 2020. You also need to ensure that your passport is not older than ten years old.

In case you don’t need a visa to enter the UK, you might still need a transit visa based on your flight route. A transit visa is a temporary short period visa that will allow you to travel through the international transit area of an airport in a country which is not your final destination. If you do not have a direct flight to the UK, please make sure to check with the relevant embassies if you are required to apply for a transit visa in the countries in which you are changing to a different flight.

Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia
Austria Bahamas Barbados Belgium
Belize Botswana Brazil Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria Canada Chile Costa Rica
Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Dominica El Salvador Estonia Finland
France Germany Greece Grenada
Guatemala Holy See Honduras Hong Kong*
Hungary Iceland Ireland Isreal**
Italy Japan Kiribati Korea, Republic of
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Malaysia Maldives Malta Marshall Islands
Mauritius Mexico Micronesia, Federated States of Monaco
Namibia Nauru Netherlands New Zealand
Nicaragua Norway Palau Panama
Papua New Guinea Paraguay Poland Portugal
Romania Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa San Marino Seychelles Singapore
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Spain
Sweden Switzerland Timor-Leste Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu United Kingdom United States

Vanuatu
     

*If you are in possession of a Hong Kong travel document as opposed to a Hong Kong passport you will require a visa.

** If you are in possession of a provisional Israeli passport you will require a visa.

Nationalities that DO require a Standard Visitor Visa

If your country is recorded in the following list, you DO require a visa to visit the UK. In addition, you are required to have at least three months of validity left on your passport from your planned date of exit from the UK and two blank pages left in your passport. For example, if you plan to leave the UK on 26 October 2019, your passport needs to be valid until at least 26 January 2020. You also need to ensure that your passport is not older than ten years old.

Based on your flight route, you might also need a transit visa. A transit visa is a temporary short period visa that will allow you to travel through the international transit area of an airport in a country which is not your final destination. If you do not have a direct flight to the UK, please make sure to check with the relevant embassies if you are required to apply for a transit visa in the countries in which you are changing to a different flight.

Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola
Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh
Belarus Benin Bhutan Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia
Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad
China Côte d’Ivoire Colombia Comoros
Congo, Republic of the (Congo-Brazzaville) Congo, The Democratic Republic of The Cuba Korea, The Democratic People's Republic of
Djibouti Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt
Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji
Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana
Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti
India Indonesia Iran Iraq
Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya
Kosovo Kuwait*** Kyrgyzstan Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya
Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Mali
Mauritania Moldova Mongolia Montenegro
Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Nepal
Niger Nigeria Oman*** Pakistan
Palestine Peru Philippines Qatar***
Russian Federation Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia
Senegal Serbia Sierra Leone Somalia
South Africa South Sudan Sri Lanka Sudan
Suriname eSwatini Syria Taiwan****
Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda
Ukraine United Arab Emirates*** Venezuela Vietnam
Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe  

*** Nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates an get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) instead of a visa. Click here for details of the EVW.
**** Unless passport has a personal ID number on the bio data page.

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FAQs

What type of visa do I require?

If you are a national of a country that requires a visa to enter the UK, you need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

Nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates an get an electronic visa waiver (EVW) instead of a visitor visa. Click here for details of the EVW.

How do I apply?

1) Submit an online application. As part of your online application, you need to book an appointment at a visa application centre.

2) Book and attend an appointment at your nearest visa application centre. You’ll have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at your appointment.

Start your online application here.

What information and supporting documents do I need to provide?

You need to provide the following information in your application:

  • The dates you’re planning to travel to the UK
  • Details of where you’ll be staying during your visit
  • How much you think your trip will cost
  • Your current home address and how long you’ve lived there
  • Your parents’ names and dates of birth
  • How much you earn in a year

Supporting Documents

You will be required to provide a number of documents to support your application. You can provide these documents provided by uploading copies through your local visa application centre’s website, free of charge or by taking your documents (originals or copies) to your appointment where the visa application centre will scan them for you, for a fee.

Essential documents

  • A current passport. You need a blank page in your passport for your visa. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
  • Your One Young World letter of invitation
  • A letter of invitation from your sponsor (if you are attending the Summit as part of a partner delegation)

​​Recommended documents

One Young World strongly recommends including the following documents to support your application.

  • Previous travel documents/passports, which show previous travel.

 

  • Financial documents showing that you have sufficient funds available. These must clearly show that you have access to the funds, such as:
    • Bank statements
    • Building scoiety book
    • Proof of earnings such as a letter from your employer confirming your employment
    • Confirmation of legal residence, if you are not a national of the country in which you are applying or your right to reside there is not included in your passport.

 

  • Details of employment or studies where you have stated in your application that you are either employed or in full-time studies. This could include:
    • A letter from your employer on company headed paper, detailing your role, salary and length of employment
    • A letter from your education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence
    • If self-employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading.

 

  • Home address (Documents showing where you live, such as: Property deed / mortgage statements / tenancy agreements / accountant's letters / land registration documents)
  • Evidence of assets: Documents showing that you own property or land, such as: (Property deed / mortgage statements / accountant's letters / land registration documents)
  • Evidence of family members remaining in your home country whilst you travel

When can I apply?

The earliest you can apply for your visa is 3 months before you are due to enter the UK. For most of you this date will be 22 July 2019.

How much does the visa cost?

A Standard Visitor visa costs £95.

How long will the application take?

You should receive a decision within 3 weeks of your appointment but One Young World highly recommends that you still submit your application and book your visa appointment at the earliest opportunity.

What do I do if my visa is delayed or rejected?

If you have any issues with your visa application please contact delegateservices@oneyoungworld.com immediately.

How do I fill in the online application?

Please make sure all information provided as part of your visa application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. Although most questions are based on your personal situation (names, birth date, passport number, current occupation) meaning we cannot offer assistance with these, please find some guidance on other questions that relate to the purpose of your trip/the One Young World Summit below:

About the cost of your visit

During your visa application, you will be asked to provide an estimate of the amount of money you will spend during your visit to the United Kingdom.

Unless you are attending the Summit as an Independent Delegate you need only provide an estimate of the incidental expenses you will incur whilst attending the Summit. One Young World advises that you budget between £250 and £400 for your stay in London.

If you are attending the Summit as an Independent Delegate, provide an estimate of the total amount you are spending on your participation in the Summit, including your delegate fee, airfare and incidental expense.

Paying for your visit

During your application you will be asked ‘Will anyone be paying towards the cost of your visit?’

If you are attending the Summit as part of a partner delegation or as a recipient of a scholarship please answer ‘Yes’ in response to this question.

After responding to this question you will be directed to the following page:

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If you are attending as part of a partner delegation please respond to this section as follows:

Who is paying towards the cost of your visit?
My employer or company

How much money will they be paying towards your visit?
£3,555 (GBP)

Why are they helping to pay for your visit?
[Name of Organisation] has selected me to join its delegation to the One Young World Summit 2019 held in London from 22 – 25 October.
The One Young World Summit is the global forum for young leaders, staged annually by the UK charity One Young World (registration number 1147298).
As a [Name of Organisation] delegate, [Name of organisation] will sponsor my participation in the One Young World Summit including the costs of my; One Young World delegate fee, airfare, hotel accommodation and catering. Please refer to the One Young World Letter of Invitation included with my supporting documents for further details.

If you are attending as a recipient of a scholarship please respond to this section as follows:

Who is paying towards the cost of your visit?
Another company or organisation

Name
One Young World
Address
14 Irving Street
Town/City
London
Province/State
London
Postal Code
WC2H 7AF
How much money will they be paying towards your visit?
£3,555 (GBP)

Why are they helping to pay for your visit?
One Young World has awarded me a scholarship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2019 held in London from 22 – 25 October.

The One Young World Summit is the global forum for young leaders, staged annually by the UK charity One Young World (registration number 1147298).

As a scholarship recipient, One Young World will sponsor my participation in the One Young World Summit including the costs of my; One Young World delegate fee, airfare, hotel accommodation and catering. Please refer to the One Young World Letter of Invitation included with my supporting documents for further details.

Main reason for your visit

During your application you will be asked ‘What is the main reason for your visit to the UK?’ Select ‘Other’ in response.

You will then be asked to provide more details regarding the main purpose of your visit. Respond as follows:

‘I will be attending the One Young World Summit 2019 held in London from 22 – 25 October. The One Young World Summit is the global forum for young leaders, staged annually by the UK charity One Young World (registration number 1147298).

Please refer to the One Young World Letter of Invitation included with my supporting documents for further details.’

Travelling as part of an organised group

During your application you will be asked if you are travelling to the UK as part of an organised group. Respond ‘No’.

Travelling with another person

During your application you will be asked if you are travelling to the UK with another person. Respond ‘No’.

Accommodation in the UK

During your application you will be asked if you have an address for where you are going to stay in the UK. Respond ‘Yes’.

Enter the following address provided on your letter of invitation.

Any other questions?

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or need further assistance.