I am a NZ citizen who has been staying in the UK on an ancestry visa. I plan to leave the UK in March, just before my visa expires, and go to Eire for 6-8 weeks to visit friends. I would like to re-enter the UK for 2 weeks to say a final goodbye to friends here (I would already have my flight to NZ via Vietnam booked when I re-enter) is it possible for me to do this?

  • An option: Are you willing to pay £649 to extend your visa? Dec 17, 2015 at 20:02
  • @HeidelBerGensis that seems a bit excessive for an additional two weeks in the UK.
    – phoog
    Dec 17, 2015 at 21:48
  • @phoog hence it is in a comment, not in the answer :) Dec 17, 2015 at 21:49

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Yes you can. The second visit will be considered under "tourism". The official GOV.UK page states the following:

You won’t need a visa to come to the UK

However, you should bring the same documents you’d need to apply for a visa, to show to officers at the UK border.

(!) You may want to apply for a visa if you have a criminal record or you’ve previously been refused entry into the UK.

There is nothing prohibits you from visiting the UK again if you had a previous visa and they did not mention any time limit before you can come again to the UK.

  • Afaict if it was anywhere other than ireland this would be correct but "common travel area" rules complicate things. May 16, 2017 at 20:07

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