UK Visa free countries – Full lists
Countries UK Citizens Can Visit Visa-Free
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UK passport holders are amongst the most privileged citizens of the world when it comes to traveling. Currently ranked in the sixth position alongside Norway and the United States in the list of the world’s most powerful passports, UK citizens can, for now, travel to 183 countries, whether visa-free or wish an e-visa or a visa-on-arrival.
Moreover, most of the rest of the world’s countries for which a traditional sticker visa is needed for Britons to travel there, have created facilities due to reciprocal agreement between the UK and those particular countries.
Yet, there are a few world countries that have stricter entry criteria for foreigners, including Britons. Those wishing to travel to any of these countries will need to carefully check the entry requirements and meet them all, before taking a trip there.
Due to Brexit, probably a no-deal one, some of the travel criteria for Britons traveling abroad are soon about to change, in particular to the member countries of the European Union. Following in this article, you may find several lists of the countries that UK citizens need and do not visas for tourism, business and other similar non-employment activities.
Where Can Britons Travel Without a Visa?
British citizens holding a valid passport issued by the UK Home Office can travel to the following world countries without the need of getting any kind of visa or authorization, and remain for the specified period:
Albania – 90 days
Anguilla – 90 days
Antigua and Barbuda – 180 days
Argentina – 90 days
Armenia – 180 days
Aruba – 30 days, extendable up to 180 days
Bahamas – 21 days, extendable up to 8 months
Barbados – 180 days
Belarus – 30 days
Belize – 30 days
Bermuda – 180 days
Bolivia – 90 days
Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina – 90 days
Botswana – 90 days
Brazil – 90 days, can be extended for another 90 days
British Virgin Islands
Brunei – 90 days
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands – 180 days
Chile – 90 days, extendable
Colombia – 90 days, can be extended for a total of 180-days in a calendar year
Cook Islands – 31 days
Costa Rica – 90 days
Curacao – 90 days
Dominica – 180 days
Dominican Republic – 90 days
Ecuador – 90 days, extendable
El Salvador – 90 days
Eswatini (Swaziland) – 30 days
Fiji – 120 days
French West Indies
Gambia – 90 days
Georgia – 365 days a year
Gibraltar – British citizens have right of abode in Gibraltar.
Greenland – 90 days within a 180 days period
Grenada – 180 days
Guam – 90 days
Guatemala – 90 days
Guyana – 90 days
Haiti – 90 days
Honduras – 90 days
Hong Kong (SAR China) – 180 days
Indonesia – 30 days
Israel – 90 days
Jamaica – 180 days
Japan – 90 days, can be extended once
Kazakhstan – 30 days
Kiribati – 30 days
Kosovo – 90 days
Kyrgyzstan – 60 days
Lesotho – 14 days
Macao (SAR China) – 180 days
Malaysia – 90 days
Marshall Islands – 90 days
Mauritius – 90 days
Mayotte – freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
Mexico – 180 days
Micronesia – 30 days
Moldova – 90 days in 180-day period
Montenegro – 90 days
Morocco – 90 days
Namibia – 90 days in a calendar year
New Zealand – 180 days
Nicaragua – 90 days
North Macedonia – 90 days
Northern Mariana Islands
Panama – 180 days
Paraguay – 90 days
Peru – 90 to 183 days
Philippines – 30 days
Qatar – 30 days
Reunion – freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
Sao Tome and Principe – 15 days
Senegal – 90 days
Serbia – 90 days
Singapore – 90 days
South Africa – 90 days
South Korea – 90 days
Kitts and Nevis – 90 days
Lucia – 6 weeks
Maarten – 90 days
Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days
Taiwan – 90 days
Thailand – 30 days, if arriving by land
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia – 90 days
Turkey – 90 days
Turks and Caicos Islands – 90 days
Ukraine – 90 days in 180-day period
Uruguay – 90 days
Uzbekistan – 30 days
Vanuatu – 30 days
Venezuela – 90 days
Vietnam – 15 days
Zambia – 90 days
Documents Britons Need to Present at Port of Entry to Enter Visa-Free
Despite the visa-free policy that all these countries apply to citizens of the United Kingdom, travelers from the UK still need to carry at least some sort of identification document for entry.
Aside from the EU countries, who only ask for an ID in order to permit Britons to enter their territory, the rest of the countries listed above also ask for a valid passport. In addition, a few of them also want Britons at their port of entry to present:
Evidence they have traveler’s health insurance.
Proof of sufficient financial means to support their stay in that particular country.
Proof of accommodation.
In addition, a few of these countries may require from Britons proof of vaccination for illnesses and diseases that are common in that country. When traveling alone with a child, notarized authorization from the other parent is compulsory.
Note that every country has its specific entry requirements. Thus, Britons traveling to any of these countries should contact the relevant authorities of that country in Britain for further information in this regard.
UK Citizens Travelling to EU Member States After Brexit
In a post-Brexit European Union, the UK travelers will no longer be privileged as they currently are as EU citizens. They will need to join the lines of third-country nationals at airports, and present the following documents:
Valid passport. The passport must not be older than 10 years, and it must have at least 3 months of validity left on the day the traveler plans to leave the EU.
Health Insurance. Valid in the whole territory of the Schengen Area, with a coverage worth minimum €30,000 for health related incidents.
Proof of accommodation and financial means may also be required in several Schengen countries.
As of November 2023, UK nationals traveling to the EU will also need an ETIAS, which is an online authorization to enter the Schengen Area.
7 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with Travel Authorization
When traveling to any of the following countries, UK passport holders will need to previously get a travel authorization online.
American Samoa – Entry Permit Waiver Program
Australia – Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Puerto Rico – Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Sri Lanka – Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
United States – Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
US Virgin Islands – Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Once the ETIAS comes into force, the EU member states will join this list increasing the number from seven to at least 34.
Britons traveling any of these countries will need to apply for the applicable travel authorization, for which they need to apply online while usually having the following documents:
Confirmed roundtrip ticket.
Credit/Debit card to pay the travel authorization fee, when required.
38 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with a Visa-on-Arrival
British citizens have the privilege of traveling to 38 world countries and receiving a visa upon arrival the point of entry. These countries, and the period they permit Britons to remain with only a visa-on-arrival are as follows:
Bahrain – up to 3 months
Bangladesh – 30 days
Burkina Faso – 30 days
Cambodia – 30 days
Egypt – 30 days
Ethiopia – up to 90 days
Gabon – 90 days
Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
Kenya – 90 days
Kuwait – 90 days
Laos – 30 days
Lebanon – 30 days
Madagascar – 90 days
Maldives – 30 days
Mozambique – 30 days
Nepal – 90 days
Palau Islands – 30 days
Papua New Guinea – 60 days
Rwanda – 30 days
Seychelles – 90 days
Solomon Islands – 90 days
Suriname – 90 days
Tajikistan – 45 days
Tanzania – 90 days
Timor-Leste – 30 days
Togo – 7 days
Tonga – 31 days
Tuvalu – 30 days
United Arab Emirates – 30 days
Zimbabwe – 90 days
8 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with E-Visa
In addition, UK citizens traveling to any of the following countries will need to apply for an e-visa first:
The application procedures for an e-visa are way easier than for a regular sticker visa as no interview is required from the applicant, and it often costs way less. The applicant needs to complete an online form and upload a few documents as required. At the end a fee must be paid.
Once the application is processed, the applicant receives an answer in their email. If positive, the visa confirmation must be printed and carried while traveling to the destination country.
34 Countries With Visa Regimes Towards UK Citizens
There are still 34 world countries that apply a stricter visa regime towards the UK citizens. To travel there, British passport holders will need to meet several requirements and criteria. These countries are:
Central African Republic
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
The application procedures differ from one country to the other. However, most of them consist of the following procedures:
Completing the application form for the visa.
Collecting the required documents.
Paying the visa fee.
Attending a visa interview and submitting the required documents.
British travelers need to check the visa procedures with the responsible mission of the country they wish to visit prior to their trip, as the procedures are specific and continuously subject to change.
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