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Your Essential Guide To UK Tourist Visa: Requirements, Application, And Fees

Last Update: 16-05-2024

UK  Tourist Visa

⚡Quick Summary

Do Indians Need a Visa to Visit the UK

Do Indians need a visa to visit the UK?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require a visa to visit the UK

UK tourist visa Processing Time

UK tourist visa processing time

3 to 5 weeks

UK Tourist Visa Fees

UK tourist visa fees

  • Up to 6 months: ₹ 12,527
  • Up to 2 years: ₹ 47,057
  • Up to 5 years: ₹ 83,983
  • Up to 10 years: ₹ 104897
UK tourist visa validity

UK tourist visa validity

6 months to 10 years

UK tourist visa stay duration

UK tourist visa stay duration

180 Days

How to apply for a UK tourist visa

How to apply for a UK visa

  1. Apply through Teleport
  2. Apply through UK Government portal
Documents required for UK visa

Documents required for UK tourist visa

  1. Passport
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Previous visas
  4. Visa Application Form
  5. Bank Statement (Last 6 months)
  6. Appointment Confirmation Letter
  7. Income-tax Returns/Form 16 (Last 3 years)
  8. Proof of Investments - FD, Property Investments, etc. 
  9. Other supporting documents
Does the UK offer visas on arrival to Indians?

Does the UK offer visas on arrival to Indians?

No, Indians can not get a visa on arrival in the UK.

Is a UK Tourist Visa for Indians Required?

Yes, Indians mandatorily require a tourist visa called a Standard Visitor visa to visit the UK. The validity period of such a visa can range from 6 months to 10 years and can be used for single or multiple entries. The stay duration in all the cases can’t be more than 180 days. 

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. UK Tourist Visa Requirements - Documentation
  3. How to Apply for a UK Tourist Visa?
  4. Validity of a UK Tourist Visa
  5. UK Tourist Visa Fees for Indians
  6. Processing Time for UK Tourist Visa from India
  7. UK Tourist Visa Extension Guidelines for Indians
  8. How to Check the Status of a UK Tourist Visa Application for Indians?
  9. Do I Require a Transit Visa for the UK?
  10. Reasons for UK Visa Rejection for Indians
  11. What to do After Reaching UK Airport?
  12. Conclusion
  13. FAQs

Introduction

Excited about going to the UK, but overwhelmed with the visa process? We feel you. This comprehensive blog tells you everything you need to know to obtain your UK tourist visa as an Indian.

From essential documentation to in-depth application procedure, visa fees, validity, practical tips and more, we’ll cover all the details. Our objective is to make your journey to the UK stress-free.

Use the navigation bar to jump to the section you need. If you have any doubts, reach out to our visa experts. Call us on 073148 52914 or drop us a message on WhatsApp

Let's go to the UK, leaving all our visa worries behind!

Is There a Visa on Arrival for Indians Travelling to the UK?

No, the UK doesn't provide visas on arrival to Indians. Indian citizens need to obtain a Standard Visitor visa in advance before travelling to the UK for tourism, recreation or any other purpose.

UK Tourist Visa Requirements - Documentation

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

A filled and signed visa application form

Passport

  • Should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the trip's duration
  • Should have at least 2 blank pages
  • Scan of the first and last pages of the passport
  • First and last pages of previous passport (if any), along with its travel history

Bank Statement (6 months)

  • Original bank statement for the past 6 months.
  • Should be signed and stamped, by the applicant and the sponsor (if applicable).
  • Should have a balance of at least € 150 per day of the trip per traveller. 
  • Any abrupt deposits into your savings account must be appropriately explained and justified.

ITR-V

ITR-V (Income Tax Return Verification) of the past 3 years

Cover Letter

  • Clearly state the purpose of your trip.
  • Specify the number of days you intend to stay.
  • Provide essential passport and travel details.
  • If self-employed, the cover letter should be presented on your business letterhead.

Appointment Confirmation Letter

  • The appointment letter must include essential information such as the traveller's name, appointment date, time, and location.
  • Applicants must carry this letter with them to gain entry into the visa centre.

Checklist of Documents Uploaded on the UK portal

A visa file checklist document containing a detailed summary of all the documents uploaded to the portal, including relevant information.

Entry and exit passport stamps and previous visas held

Copy of entry-exit stamp pages in passport and visa stickers over the last 10 years.

Proof of Fixed Deposits, Property Investments, Other Investments etc.

Evidence of rental income receipt, interest earnings, and other income sources.

Supporting Documents

If age under 18

  • Birth Certificate
  • Parent's Passport Copy or ID, if minor is travelling without parents/single parent
  • Copy of passport bio page of accompanying adult - if minor is travelling with parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and they are not applying for a visa at the same time

If Student

Provide a copy of your school or college identification.

If Employed

  • Employer's letter confirming approved leave.
  • Provide the original company letter on official letterhead, including the authorised signatory's name, designation, contact information, and company seal stamp.
  • Last 3 months' salary slips.

If Self-Employed

  • Submit a copy of either the Company Registration, GST Certificate, Memorandum of Association (MOA), or Partnership Deed.
  • Last 6 months company bank statement. The bank should have at least €  50-150 per day of the trip per traveller. 
  • Income Tax Return of the company for the last 3 years.

If Sponsored

  • Documentation of accessible and demonstrated available funds of the sponsor.
  • Should have balance of at least € 50-150 per day of the trip per traveller 
  • Proof of sponsorship and support, including specifics on the nature and method of support provided.

How to Apply for a UK Tourist Visa?

Get Your UK Visa Through Teleport

Teleport makes applying for a UK visa straightforward and stress-free. Follow these steps for a smooth application process:

Step 1: Start Your UK Visa Application

Go to Teleport's UK visa application page and select 'Start Application.'

Step 2: Enter Basic Information and Make Payment

Provide your basic information like passport details. Teleport allows you to either automatically populate your data or enter it by hand. Opt to pay the visa fee either in full or partially upfront.

Step 3: Collect Your Documents

A Teleport Relationship Manager will guide you through collecting all necessary UK tourist visa documents. 

Step 4: Appointment Booking

Your Relationship Manager will schedule a UK visa appointment at the visa application centre on your behalf.. He/she will also upload all the documents on the UK embassy website.

✅ Teleport thoroughly checks your application and documents before submitting them to the UK embassy.

Step 5: Visit the Visa Application Centre

Visit the visa centre with your passport, appointment confirmation letter and a checklist of all documents required for UK visa application. Submit your biometrics. Your Relationship Manager will be available to guide you throughout the process.

✅ After the embassy has reviewed your application, we will inform you of your application status through our platform. 

✅ We will also keep you posted on your visa application status through regular WhatsApp messages and emails.  Upon approval, you can also download your visa from the Teleport Dashboard.

Apply for a UK Tourist Visa Through VFS Global

Step 1: Research on Your Visa Type

Begin by finding the right visa for your trip and ensuring you meet all UK tourist visa requirements. Learn about the documents required, processing time, and UK tourist visa fees. If your documents aren't in English, consider translating them first.

Step 2: Get Your Documents Ready

Make sure you have all the documents needed for a Netherlands visa. Keep reading ahead for a complete checklist.

Step 3: Apply for Your UK Tourist Visa

Head to the UK Visas and Immigration website to apply for your visa.

Step 4: Pay Your Fees

You'll be required to pay a visa fee upon application submission. Once you have paid your UK tourist visa fees, you will be given a reference number that starts with GWF.  This number will be helpful if you need to make changes to your visa application or appointment.

Step 5: Book an Appointment at a VFS Visa Application Centre

Upon completion of your visa application form and payment of the visa fee, you will be directed to the VFS Global website to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre, so your biometric data (fingerprints and photograph) can be recorded.

Here is the list of UK Visa VFS Centres in India

LocationDayOpening hours

Ahmedabad

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Bengaluru

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Chandigarh

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Chennai

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Cochin

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Coimbatore

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 14:00

Goa

Saturday

09:00 - 17:30

Gurgaon

Wednesday

09:00 - 16:00

Hyderabad

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Jaipur

Friday - Saturday

09:00 - 16:00

Jalandhar

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Kolkata

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Lucknow

Monday - Tuesday

09:00 - 16:00

Mumbai North

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Mumbai South

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

New Delhi

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Park Plaza Ludhiana

Monday and Wednesday

10:00 – 16:00

Pune

Monday - Friday

08:00 - 16:00

Radisson Blu Amritsar

Thursday

10:00 - 16:00

Radisson Blu Guwahati

Friday

10:00 - 16:00

Radisson Blu Vishakhapatnam

Friday | Saturday

11:00 - 17:00 | 12:30 - 18:00

Radisson Noida

Monday

09:00 - 16:00

Radisson Red Mohali

Thursday

09:00 – 16:00

The Gateway Hotel, Calicut

Saturday

10:00 – 15:00

Vivanta Mangalore

Saturday

09:00 – 14:00

Step 6: Upload Your Documents

Digitally submit all the documents required for your UK tourist visa application. 

You can scan your documents at the Visa Application Centre with their Document Scanning Assistance option. An additional fee applies for this service.

Step 7: Visit the Visa Application Centre

Attend your appointment at the Visa Application Centre to submit your biometrics and get your photograph clicked. Take your valid passport with at least one page that is blank on both sides. Children under 16 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.

Step 8: Get Your Visa

Once a decision is made on your application, you can collect your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have them delivered to you for an extra fee.

Please do not attend the Visa Application Centre until you have been contacted to do so. To collect your documents in person; bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a valid Government identification card.

Validity of a UK Tourist Visa

Validity PeriodStay DurationEntry-Type

6 months

180 days

Single/multiple entry

2 years

180 days

Single/multiple entry

5 years

180 days

Single/multiple entry

10 years

180 days

Single/multiple entry

Validity of a UK Tourist Visa

Tourist Visa TypeFee TypeAmount

Visa with 6 months validity

Embassy Fees

₹ 12,527/-

Visa with 2 years validity

Embassy Fees

₹ 47,057/-

Visa with 5 years validity

Embassy Fees

₹ 83,983/-

Visa with 10 years validity

Embassy Fees

₹ 1,04,897/-

This UK tourist visa fee is non-refundable and subject to change. Additional fees may apply depending on factors such as foreign exchange fluctuations, courier delivery charges (if availed), etc.

Processing Time for UK Tourist Visa from India

The UK Embassy/Consulate can take up to 3-5 weeks after an appointment with them to process your visa application.

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Teleport Expert Tip

UK Tourist Visa Extension Guidelines for Indians

You may be able to extend your stay if you have permission to be in the UK for less than 6 months. You can extend your stay up to a total of 6 months. For instance, if you've already spent 4 months in the UK, you're eligible to apply for a 2-month extension.

You can apply to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months if you're a patient receiving medical treatment. You need to apply while you’re still in the UK and before your current visa expires.

How to Check the Status of a UK Tourist Visa Application for Indians?

Track Your UK Visa Application with Teleport

With Teleport, you can effortlessly keep tabs on the progress of your UK visa application. If you've applied via Teleport, expect to get updates in real-time via WhatsApp, email, or directly within the Teleport Dashboard.

Here's how to check your application's progress:

  1. Sign into the Teleport Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to 'Your Applications.'
  3. Select your application to see its current status.

Track Your UK Visa Application Through VFS

For an alternative way to keep track of your UK visa application, you can use the VFS Global service:

  1. Access the VFS online application tracking page.
  2. Input the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre.
  3. Fill in your last name.
  4. Enter captcha and hit ‘Submit’.

Do I Require a Transit Visa for the UK?

You need to apply for a Direct Airside Transit visa if you’ll be changing flights in the UK and will not be going through UK border control. You’ll need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa instead of a Visitor in Transit visa if either:

  • you need to stay more than 48 hours in the UK
  • you need to frequently pass through the UK over six months.

Please note that you do not need a Transit Visa for the UK if you hold a valid Standard Visitor tourist visa. 

Reasons for UK Visa Rejection for Indians

When applying for a UK visa, knowing what could potentially lead to denial is crucial for strengthening your application and boosting the likelihood of getting approved. Here are some important considerations:

  1. Lack of Proper Documentation: All UK visit visa or tourist visa documents you submit must be authentic, complete, and satisfactory. Submitting incorrect or misleading information can cause your application to be rejected immediately and may lead to potential bans on future applications.
  2. Lack of Funds: Inadequate proof of financial stability and inability to cover the cost of your stay can lead to rejection.
  3. Weak Ties to India :UK authorities may question your intentions to return to India, if you cannot demonstrate strong ties, such as family, property, or employment in India, and, hence, may reject your visa application.
  4. Questionable Travel Record: A history of overstaying visas in other countries could be seen as a red flag, suggesting a risk of not adhering to UK’s visa regulations.
  5. Intentions Under Scrutiny: Not being able to convincingly explain the reason for your visit and its consistency with your planned activities might arouse suspicion. For example, expressing plans to work on a visa that doesn't allow employment could result in denial.
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Teleport Expert Tip:

What to do After Reaching UK Airport?

When you arrive at a UK airport, here are key points visitors should keep in mind:

  1. Prepare your travel documents: Ensure you have your passport, valid UK visa (if applicable), return flight ticket, and accommodation confirmations at hand. This streamlines the immigration process.
  2. Advice for minors: Minors travelling alone should remain with the airline staff assigned to them for security. Upon landing, locate the pre-arranged adult who will meet you, ensuring a seamless arrival.
  3. Familiarise yourself with UK's regulations: Head to the customs area if you need to declare items or if your baggage requires inspection. Understanding the customs rules at UK airports is crucial to prevent any complications.

Conclusion

Securing UK visas can pose challenges. Through this blog, we aim to simplify the process of obtaining a UK tourist visa for Indians. Should you have any questions, \reach out to us on 073148 52914 or drop us a message on WhatsApp

Opt to apply with Teleport for a no-fuss UK tourist visa from India. Our user-friendly platform simplifies the entire process so you have one less worry thing to worry about - your visa!

Safe travels!

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