Similar to the question here, Visa-free visit and re-entry to the UK, I have a similar but different question.

I am an SG passport holder, which allows me to be in the UK for 6 months.

Question 1: If I leave UK and visit somewhere (i.e. France), does the 6 months reset when I return?

E.g. I leave UK on the 100th day. I travel to France for 7 days. When I return to UK, am I left with 80 days or it resets to 180 days?

Question 2: Schengen area has a limit of 90 days per 180 days. Is there something similar in UK?


  • My partner was questioned massively when we came back from a short trip from Amsterdam as they thought she was trying to reset her time(took her about 20 minutes of communication with the officer). She'd been in the UK for a couple of months before and was staying another couple of months so eventually the officer was satisfied she was only staying 4 months in total. She did receive another 6 months on her new stamp although she only used what she truthfully told the officer.
    – BritishSam
    Apr 4 '18 at 15:16
  • Thanks for this information! It is honestly more useful than my consulate. I was questioned for 10 minutes when I entered the country (March 2016, August 2017, January 2018) and they asked super personal questions. Thank you so much for replying!
    – Lisa
    Apr 4 '18 at 16:13

As I understand it, the UK has a rule that tourists may not "try to live in the UK" through successive visits, and that there is no hard formula. The border official would look at your case and decide if you are still a "visitor."

So if you feel you have to ask about "resets" there is a serious risk that a new entry will be refused.


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