When choosing a destination for your holiday, it’s always important to know the visa and entry requirements before you travel. Visa requirements can change at any point for visitors, so it’s worth staying up to date. We’ve put together a list of the most up to date visa requirements for some top holiday destinations.

Turkey

UK citizens require a visa to enter Turkey and the easiest way to obtain this is by getting an e-visa online before you travel.

Only use the official Republic of Turkey e-visa website as other unofficial websites will charge additional fees.

You can still get a Visa for £20 on arrival, however this is being phased out so to guarantee you’ve got your visa and to avoid any delays, it’s best to get one online in advance.

The only time you don’t need a visa to visit Turkey is if you’re visiting on a cruise trip and your visit does not exceed 72 hours.

India

You will need a visa to enter India, which must be applied for in advance online.

You will have to submit a complicated visa form online and send your passport to the Indian High Commission along with photos and a pre-paid envelope for your documents to be returned. This process can take several weeks. For more information on applying for a visa visit the Indian High Commission website

You can apply for an e-Tourist Visa providing you fit the requirements which you can find out more about here.

Be sure to research Indian visas thoroughly before you travel to make sure you get the right visa for your trip.

For more information and advice visit the FCO website.

America

To travel to the USA you will require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), without this you will be refused entry to the USA.

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. If your British passport doesn’t describe your nationality as ‘British Citizen’ you will need to get a full visa.

The VWP is only intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. More details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration are available at the following websites:

US Embassy in London

Department of Homeland Security

US Department of State

US Customs and Border Protection

Australia

If you’re a British Citizen heading to Australia, you will require a visa. You can get the following types of electronic visa before you travel:

– An eVisitor directly from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.

– Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via your travel agent or airline. There is a $20 service fee for this.

In some cases, you may be asked to undergo a health examination before a visa can be confirmed, for example if you’re 75 years old or older. This may mean it takes longer to get your visa so be aware of this when applying.

When you arrive you may be asked to prove your plans while you visit and your funds to support your stay. You may also be asked to show a return or onward ticket.

For more information, see the

Australian High Commission in London.

Egypt

British Citizens travelling to Egypt will usually require a visa. For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival by payment in pounds, US dollars or Euros. These are available at airport halls before you reach immigration.

There is no need to buy a visa from an agent or other source as additional charges may be added. Your visa should cost no more than $25 USD.

Top tips

Entry requirements can change from time to time, always check these before you travel to ensure you’re up to date.

Outstaying your visa in any country without permission from the authorities is an offence which could lead to you being fined.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay, and sometimes for a set period beyond

Beware of unauthorised websites charging for or providing inaccurate information for visas.

Always seek information from the websites of the official consulate or embassy of the relevant country before you apply for any visa.

More information

For advice on travel to any country and to check entry and visa requirements, see the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the latest advice.

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