I am a Brazilian currently in the UK with a tier 1 visa that is expiring within the following months. The time I had here was entirely on work and hence I would like to spend maybe a month more as a tourist in order to see more of the country.
I found an event on Spain that I very much would like to see and it is soon after my UK visa expires. Hence:
1) Could I travel to Spain 1 day before my visa expires, returning to the UK with a no longer valid visa, hence entering as a tourist? Brazilians don't need a visa upon arriving on the UK, we receive a tourist visa on arrival that is valid for 3 months. Can I still count on that after a previous visa is expired?
2) As a side note, my passport expires in August and I intend to leave much before, but would that be a problem? Getting a Tourist visa with a passport that is soon expiring?
Note: It would all be by plane and I would have a ticket back to Brazil IF I am sure I could enter again as a tourist (or else it would be a waste of money to have it without being reasonably comfortable with the idea).
So my question is:
Could I enter the UK as a tourist soon after a UK work visa expired, and within few months of the expiration of my passport?