UK Tourist Visa from India – Application, and Requirements

Apply for UK tourist visa for visiting the United Kingdom to explore the country and indulge in the recreational activities. Shake off blues of life and embrace the incredible range of beautiful experiences you can find the country.  The history and heritage of the UK are fascinating and this blog helps its reader know the intricacies of the UK visa process which one must complete to reach the destination.

UK visa

How to apply for UK General visitor visa?

Based on your intention behind the trip, your visa type is determined.  You must apply for a General visitor visa that is applicable for tourism activities in the UK or for visiting family members and relatives. A general visitor visa is for applicants planning a leisure trip, while the family visitor visa is specifically for those who are hoping to visit family members residing in the UK.

With this visa, you can generally reside in the UK for a period of 6 months. Application and appointment for a UK visa must be completed online, and applicants need to wait till the date for a scheduled appearance at the nearest visa application center.

It is advisable to apply for the visa 3 months before your travel date to the UK.

Application Process and Requirements

It is essential for the applicant to make an appearance at the UK Embassy to submit documents as per requirement and go for fingerprints and photograph. Below are the steps you must follow:

Step 1: Create an account in UK official government website and log in to initiate filling the application form. If you are traveling with family, you can fill their forms from the same account.

Step 2: After completing the forms, review the data before submitting. Once the application form is submitted you cannot modify the data. Pay visa fee for each applicant online.

Step 3: Schedule an appointment with the nearest visa application center. You can select the date and time of the appointment. There are options for walk-ins and premium lounge appointment.

Step 4: Gather all the documents according to the UK tourist visa document checklist before the document submission day. Applicants are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time, with appointment confirmation letter and entire application set, and original valid passport.

Step 5: You will be asked to provide your biometric data collection. Ensure that your fingertips are free from any form of decorations, cuts, abrasions or other markings.

Step 6: After the submission of documents, the submission center will generate a receipt with the tracking number. You can keep a track of your application status with the number until the completion of the visa process.

Step 7: To collect your documents, you may choose to collect in person at the center, or have them delivered via mail.

UK Tourist Visa Checklist

  1. Original passport with a validity of six months after the scheduled return and should include at least two blank pages
  2. Cover Letter explaining the purpose of visit, the travel dates, financial responsibilities signed by the applicant
  3. Flight reservation of return or round ticket [Ticket itinerary]
  4. Hotel reservations
  5. Evidence of financial documents showing the ability to meet the financial requirements of the Embassy
  6. Original bank statement duly stamped and signed by the bank
  7. Income tax return for the last three assessment years;
  8. Payslips
  9. Leave approval letters
  10. If a family member is inviting from UK, the inviter’s passport copies, valid UK resident permit card copy, address proof, employment documents and an invitation letter addressing to the UK Embassy must be enclosed along with the application. 

Tourist Attractions in the UK

The UK is bursting with beautiful tourist places to visit. Few places often frequented by travelers while in the UK are mentioned below:-

England –London, the capital city is full of unforgettable landmarks and exciting things to explore. Few major tourist attractions in the city include Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Thames River cruise and many more. London weather is at its best during late spring and summer when the temperatures are mild and its green and blossoming everywhere.  Travelers often opt for travel to Manchester, Liverpool and other prominent cities in England for tourism.

Wales– Wales located in the southwest UK is prominently defined by its rugged shoreline and lush valleys. Some of the popular Wales tourist attractions are Snowdonia, Devil’s Bridge, Caernarfon Castle, Conwy,  Pembrokeshire Coast.

Scotland – Scotland is filled with stunning castles, lochs and mountains, and lush green valleys. Some of the best places to visit in Scotland are Edinburgh Castle, National Museum Of Scotland, St Giles’ Cathedral, Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond.

Northern Ireland – The place is popularly recognized for its Norman castles, glacial valleys, and mountains. Tourists traveling here tend to visit the places like The Giant’s Causeway, The Causeway Coast, Ards Peninsula and Lough Erne.

UK Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for a refund if I withdraw my tourist visa application?

If you have already submitted your application, the Embassy may not refund the visa fee. However, there are certain situations where on requesting a refund, the respective authorities might consider refunding the visa fees.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment for document submission and biometrics?

The appointment rescheduling or cancellation can be done online, on the website where you have submitted your tourist visa application form and paid the visa fee.

How long is UK tourist visa valid?

The UK tourist visa is generally valid for 6 months with multiple entry options.

How much is UK tourist visa fee from India?

General Standard Visitor visa fees is £93 from India.

Can I travel to Europe with UK visa being an Indian passport holder?

No, to travel to Europe you must apply separately for a Schengen visa.

With UK visa can you travel to Ireland?

Under the British-Irish visa scheme, few UK visitor visa holders will be allowed onward travel to Ireland. However, the final decision depends on the immigration officer at the port of entry in Ireland.