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Eligibility to apply for a UK standard visit visa

  1. An Indian National holding a valid Indian passport with minimum validity of 6 months can apply for UK short term visa.
  2. You must be able to show that you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit .
  3. You’re able to support yourself and your dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
  4. you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey)
  5. You’ll not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home

What is a UK Standard visitor visa or UK Tourist visa ?

You can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months) and other permitted activities.You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You might be able to apply to stay for longer in certain circumstances, for example to get medical treatment.Below mentioned categories are the visa categories which can be termed as UK standard visit visa 

  • tourism, including visiting family and friends
  • business, including sports and entertainment
  • transit through the UK
  • academic visit, including teaching, exchange and visiting as a dependant of an academic visitor
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • private medical treatment
  • short-term study (up to 6 months), including recreational course
  • a Permitted Paid Engagement.

Things You Cannot Do On A UK Tourist Visa

  • do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person
  • claim public funds (benefits)
  • live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent or successive visits
  • Marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership .

Step-by-step guide - How to apply a UK visa ?

Overview :

This visa ( STANDARD VISITOR VISA ) helps you to enter United Kingdom – UK-   for Tourism / leisure purpose / Business etc

Documents required : Checklists for applying UK Standard Visitor visa for India passport holders

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT : (a) Minimum 6 months validity(b) it shall contain at least two blank pages; (c) it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years; (d) NO alteration or handwritten amendment concerning the data page
  • OLD PASSPORTS if any
  • THREE PHOTOS: Not more than 6-months old,40*45mm in size, white background,80% face focused , NO border, In sharp focus and clear, Of high quality with no ink marks or creases
  • APPLICATION FORM: fully completed in English and signed by the applicant (or by parent(s)/guardian(s) for minors under the age of 18) 
  • COVERING LETTER: explaining the purpose of the trip with itinerary detailed location(s) and duration of stay in United Kingdom .

– IF  Employed: – Salary certificate of the last three (3) months of present occupation, employment contract and company NOC (No objection certificate)to sanction leave.

– IF Self-employed:- The applicable CIN Certificate/ LLP certificate/ GST certificate/ Udhyog Aadhar Memorandum/ Import Export Certificate etc.

– IF Student:- NOC(No objection certificate)  from school / college.


– Proof of sufficient funds: Original bank statements of the last three (3) months WITH seal and signature from bank with sufficient closing balance and / or other funds available (pension etc.)

– ITR: Income Tax Acknowledgement / ITR-V from the last three (3) years

  • TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE : shall be valid throughout the territory and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30 000. Note : Applicants for a uniform visa for multiple entries shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. In addition a statement, declaring the awareness of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays, shall be signed.
  • TRAVEL ITINERARY: Onwards and return airline reservation and proof of other means of travel within UK in case of onward travel .
  • PROOF OF ACCOMODATION: hotel reservation / letter of tour organizer and / or other appropriate documentation indicating the envisaged travel plans within United Kingdom .
  • COPY OF PRESENT PASSPORT(data pages, pages with evidence of previous visa, travel)
  • FOR MINOR TRAVELERS: a parent/legal guardian shall submit the following :- a minor accompanied by one parent shall provide a Original notarized NOC by the other parent , plus copies of parents passports or ID · a minor travelling alone shall provide a Original notarized NOC by both parents / legal guardians, plus copies of parents passports or ID

Duration of Stay : less than 90 days ( depends on embassy decision )

Number of Entries : Single / Multiple 

Visa process duration for UK tourist visa for Indian passport holders : 15 working days normal .It may take upto 45 days or more in some cases.

Visa fees for UK Standard visitor visa for Indian passport holders : 

Standard Visitor visa£1156 months
Standard Visitor visa for medical reasons£20011 months
Standard Visitor visa for academics£20012 months
2 year long-term Standard Visitor visa£4326 months per visit
5 year long-term Standard Visitor visa£7716 months per visit
10 year long-term Standard Visitor visa£9636 months per visit

How can Travellerzdezire help you ?

Travellerzdezire have an extensive experience handling  Visas .Our Team will assist you in :

  • Evaluate the best visa type to apply under as per your requirement.
  • Advise you on the required documentation as per the visa type.
  • Fill out the application forms
  • Assist in getting visa appointments.
  • Review your documents for the visa application
  • Help you prepare for a visa interview in case one is required

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We are here to answer your frequently asked question !

If you need a Standard Visitor visa, you must apply online before you travel to the UK and attend an appointment at a visa application centre. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You must meet the eligibility requirements and only do permitted activities.

The cost of a UK tourist visa for Indians varies depending on the validity period and the type of visa applied for. Generally, the fee is around INR 17000- 18,000 for a multi-entry visa with a 180-day / 6 months validity period. The price varies based on how long the visa is valid.

Yes, Indian citizens need to apply for a tourist visa to visit the UK.

Processing times can vary, but it generally takes around 15-20 working days for a UK tourist visa application to be processed.

Travel insurance is not mandatory for UK visa application for Indian passport holders ,but , we we recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from unexpected events and financial burdens. 

The UK immigration requires applicants to submit bank statements for the past six months. So, it is recommended to provide six months of bank statements to increase your chances of getting a tourist visa to the UK.While there is no fixed minimum balance, it is recommended that you maintain a balance of 2,00,000-3,00,000 INR for smooth processing.

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