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UK Tourist Visa

If you are an Indian citizen planning to visit the United Kingdom (UK) for tourism purposes, you will need to apply for a UK tourist visa, also known as a Standard Visitor Visa. This visa allows you to visit the UK for leisure, sightseeing, visiting friends and family.

UK Tourist Visa Requirements:

Valid Passport: You must have a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond your intended stay in the UK.

Application Form: Applicant need to complete the (VAF1A - form) online visa application form.

Proof of Funds: You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses, including accommodation, transportation, and living costs, throughout your stay in the UK. This can be done by submitting bank statements, pay slips, or any other relevant financial documents.

Travel Itinerary: Provide a detailed travel itinerary, including information about your planned activities, accommodation arrangements, and return travel tickets.

Accommodation Details: Submit proof of your accommodation arrangements in the UK, such as hotel bookings, invitation letters from friends or family, or any other supporting documents.

Purpose of Visit: Clearly state the purpose of your visit as tourism and provide supporting documents, such as sightseeing plans, tour bookings, or invitations from friends or family.

Proof of Ties to Home Country: It is essential to demonstrate strong ties to your home country to ensure that you will return after your visit. This can include proof of employment, property ownership, family commitments, or any other relevant documentation.

Travel History: Provide details of your previous international travel history, including previous visas and trips to the UK or other countries.

Visa Chagres: Standard Visa Charges for normal - 12500/- (Variable)

Standard Processing timing: 45 -65 Days

Visa Validity: 6 months, Allowed to stay till Visa Expiry

Visit and Short-Term Stay - VAF1A Form

The Visit and Short-Term Stay (VAF1A) form is an important document required for individuals applying for a UK Tourist visa. This form is used to provide detailed information about the purpose of the visit, planned activities, and personal details.

Applicants must provide a detailed travel itinerary, including the planned duration of stay, accommodation arrangements, and any planned sightseeing or tourist activities. It is important to be specific and provide accurate information to ensure the visa application is processed smoothly.

Fill out the VAF1A form accurately and provide all the required information.Overall, the VAF1A form is a vital component of the UK Tourist visa application process, as it provides essential details about the applicant and their intended visit, helping the authorities assess the purpose and validity of the visit.

How to Apply UK Tourist Visa - Application Process

Complete VAF1A Application Form: Access the UK Visas and Immigration website and complete the online visa application form. Provide accurate information and pay the application fee.

Book Biometric Appointment: After submitting your application online, you will need to schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) to provide your biometric information, including fingerprints and a photograph.

Submit Documents: Attend your appointment at the VAC and submit your application documents, biometrics, and passport.

Visa Processing: Application will be processed by UK Visas and Immigration. The processing time may vary depending on several factors, including the time of year and your individual circumstances.

If your visa is approved, you can collect your passport from the VAC or arrange for it to be delivered to you.


It is important to apply for your UK tourist visa well in advance of your planned travel dates, as the processing time can take several weeks. It is also advisable to get assistance from Raptor Visa & Permits a registered visa consultant or migration agent to ensure that your application is complete and meets all the requirements.

Checklist for UK Tourist/Visitor Visa

  • Original Passports New & Old
  • Aadhar card
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Business company invitation letter from the UK
  • Applicant 6 months bank statement
  • 3 years ITR
  • 3 months’ pay slips
  • Company covering letter
  • Applicants any fixed deposit or property documents
  • Previous Travel history details
  • Flight booking or Hotel booking is an option
  • Additional documents ( marriage certificate)
  • FAQ

    What is a UK Tourist Visa and who needs it?

    A UK Tourist Visa, also known as a Standard Visitor Visa, allows Indian citizens to visit the UK for leisure, tourism, or to visit friends and family. It's essential for Indian citizens who plan to stay in the UK for a short period, typically up to 6 months.

    How do I apply for a UK Tourist Visa?

    The application process involves several steps:
    Fill out the online application form available on the official website of the UK government.
    Pay the visa fee and book a biometric appointment at a Visa Application Centre.
    Attend the appointment to provide fingerprints and photograph.
    Submit required documents, including passport, travel itinerary, financial proof, and accommodation details.

    What are the eligibility criteria for a UK Tourist Visa?

    To be eligible, you must:
    Demonstrate the purpose of your visit is tourism, family visit, or business-related.
    Demonstrate your ability to sustain yourself financially throughout your visit.
    Have the intention of departing from the UK after your visit.
    Have enough funds for your trip and return.

    How long does it take to process a UK Tourist Visa?

    The processing time varies. It's recommended to apply at least 3 weeks before your travel date. Some visas might be processed faster with priority services.

    Can I work or study on a UK Tourist Visa?

    No, a UK Tourist Visa strictly prohibits working or studying. It's solely for leisure and tourism purposes.

    Can I extend my stay beyond the visa duration?

    In most cases, extending a UK Tourist Visa is not possible. Ensure that you exit the UK before your visa reaches its expiration date.