Questions tagged [uk]

An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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UK visit visa refusal for deception; should I reapply?

I am really confused about my refusal letter, and I don't know what I should do now. I want to apply again, but I'm not sure whether I was banned for 10 years or it's just a warning. There is only ...
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Can I put food in my hold luggage for flying?

Am I allowed to take food items (specifically: porridge, rice, pasta, cereal bars, nuts, chocolate, nutella, golden syrup, regular butter, and peanut butter) on my flight with me if they are stored in ...
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Do I have to mention a 13-year-old refusal in a Tier 4 visa extension application?

I am a current Tier 4 student in the UK, studying at a higher education institution (HEI). I decided to take a placement year last year,so I will have to apply for extension to complete my final year. ...
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Are 2008 100USD paper notes too old to be exchanged in the UK?

I have five 100 US$ notes, 2008 series. Can I change them to UK currency in the UK? They are in perfect condition.
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Can my friend and I spend the summer in Canada (6 weeks) at 16 years old without an adult?

My friend’s parents have a house in Canada, I was wondering can we go there from the UK and stay for 6 weeks without an adult?
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Getting to the sea from Oxford

I live in Oxford, UK, which is a lovely place, but I do wish it was a bit closer to the sea. What's the best way to get to a beach, starting from here? I sometimes have access to a car, so driving ...
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How does the British-Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) work?

I am an Indian citizen and have applied for the Standard Visitor visa to the UK, and wish to travel to Ireland by using the BIVS scheme. Do I need to fill up a separate application for BIVS ...
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Is there a ship of the line that I can sail on from Britain?

A ship of the line is a Double or triple decked battle ship from the 17th through the mid-19th century like those used at the battle of Trafalgar. Ideally I'd like to crew on one for a week or so, ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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Have a US felony but want to visit the UK [duplicate]

Back in June 2007 I was sentenced to 9 months jail time and 3 years probation for a felony (soliciting to promote prison contraband) and a misdemeanor(possession of marijuana). I want to visit London ...
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How am I able to smoke at Heathrow during a 13-hour layover as a South African citizen? Can I exit passport control?

I am flying Virgin Atlantic from the USA back home to South Africa. I have a 13-hour layover at Heathrow airport. Will I be able to pass through passport control to be able to go smoke in the ...
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UK Immigration Officer stamped wrong and invalid date on Standard Visitor Visa

My friend, an Indian citizen and a resident of France, entered the UK via Calais on a new UK Standard Visitor Visa issued earlier in this month. The officer stamped the date as '32 NOV 2018' on his ...
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Balmoral: The Right to Roam and the Royal Family

The Queen maintains a large estate in Scotland called Balmoral; originally built during the reign of Victoria, it has been the favourite get-away spot for all British monarchs since. Legislation ...
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Same sex marriage in the UK for foreigners on vacation

While visiting our friends in the UK on vacations and would like to get married there, but neither of us are citizens of the UK. Does the UK allow same sex marriage for two foreigners on vacation ...
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I've applied for a UK Standard Visitor visa to attend to my sick husband, but my application was refused. How should I reapply?

I have applied for a UK visitor visa to see my sick husband (who has ILR) in the hospital. It was my very first application ever, as I never intended to go to the UK until I finish my mandatory ...
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Our daughter's foreign passport is stuck on a Home Office application. What are the options if we need to travel soon?

We are about to travel from the UK to Greece on holidays in the next 10 days. 5 ½ months ago we submitted our documentation to the Home Office to register our 2 year old as British citizen which ...
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

Around 3 years ago I applied for a temporary working visa for the UK, but it got rejected because I lied to the police once and had some old DUI charges. So I never went to the UK. I recently arrived ...
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Where to find every-day healthy food near Heathrow Airport?

My friend is long-term traveling to Hounslow, UK, and will be working in Heathrow Airport. However, he got sick recently, and has lost a lot of weight. He is still recovering. He was told that there ...
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Is 12 minutes connection in Bristol Temple Meads long enough?

I am planning to take a train from Bath to Manchester, but the ticket is cheaper if i connect in Bristol Temple Meads, for 12 minutes. I am a bit concerned that I, as someone who's never been there, ...
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How to apply for UK visit visa after four refusals?

I am a Nigerian, have a brother who is now a British citizen and a sister who just become a resident of UK. I have been refused four times now for UK visas in different situations. I was denied twice ...
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Why should one apply for UK visa before other visas, on a multi-destination European holiday?

My mother, a South African citizen, will be travelling later this year to the UK, Spain, Isle of man and possibly other destinations for a bit of a holiday. She will be traveling on a South African ...
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Is there an app that will calculate a route off main roads for cycling?

I want to go for a short cycle tour but I want to avoid main roads. Is there an app for that?
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...
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UK Visa refused once under 320(7A), (false or forged document) and I want to apply again

I got one refusal under 320 (7A) due to wrong information provided by other party. Please check the below refusal letter. The signatory of one document (Leave approval letter from my then employer) ...
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Traveling to UK with acquitted criminal charges

I'm going to London UK to visit. I have an American passport. I was charged with serious felonies in which I was acquited (and innocent too, the local news paper did a story on me). With that being ...
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Can you get from London to the French Alps by train, with no/minimal changes?

For a lot of people, the default way to get from London to the French Alps to go skiing is to fly, then take a long bus connection to get to the resort. However, with the current snow and wintery ...
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Scotland in one week: What to see and do? [closed]

I'm planning to visit Scotland this August with some friends, but we only have one week. We have already made a sketch of our trip and so far we have in mind to visit Glasgow, Stirling, Kyle Of ...
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Recourse for bad/inaccurate information given on the Home Office help line

The Home Office sponsors a type of help desk where people can call them or exchange emails or even engage in live chat. When someone calls the Home Office with a question about a Visitor Visa and the ...
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How far can I be from Britain and be in “British X”?

This is a just for fun question. I'm studying in British Columbia, Canada, which is quite far away from Great Britain proper: 4,190 miles (6743 km) to be exact. I'm wondering, though, how far ...
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“Removal from another country” and UK entry clearance

Edit: it turns out I was neither removed nor required to leave. No error was made. I made an error on my last application for entry clearance while answering whether or not I have ever been removed ...
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Are there any Postbuses left in the UK?

For a number of years, Royal Mail operated Postbus services, in rural areas of the UK. These delivered the mail, as well as carrying passengers. In many places were the only sort of public transport, ...
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What system does Eurostar currently have in place to prevent the Lille Loophole?

I know that, in order to combat the Lille Loophole, UK border checks in St Pancras and/or a Schengen coach have been employed at various Points in time. Are any of the above Setups in use as we speak?...
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What are prepaid SIM card options for data in the UK? [duplicate]

I need to buy a prepaid SIM card with internet connection in London just for 6 days. Any suggestion and prices?
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Visit the UK with Schengen tourist short-stay visa

I'm Russian, and I have touristic (C-type) Schengen Schengen short stay visa. I want to know, can I stay for some period in UK without getting UK visa, or it is not possible (I heard about 36 hours ...
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UK.gov says do not attach “flight/hotel booking”, but then my auto-generated checklist asks me to tick whether I am attaching this document

"Visitor: supporting documents guide" section 4 outlines the document that I "should NOT send unless specifically requested". Among these documents, which should not be submitted, are flight bookings ...
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Does voluntary departure from the UK count as deportation?

If someone chose voluntary departure from UK, and is now filling a form to say have you ever been deported from another country, would they tick 'yes' Then does a voluntary departure appear on travel ...
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What to do if forced to overstay in the UK due to illness?

Someone I know, a national of Monaco, has been invited the UK to give a number of guest lectures at the UCL over the course of 29 days. For this purpose he does not need a visa, with the maximum stay ...
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UK visitor visa refused due to length of prior stay

I was issued a 6-months UK visa in 2014 and I stayed for 3 months. When I applied again for a visa to the UK, it was refused based on the fact that I stayed for 3 months. They also said in the refusal ...
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Can my Serbian girlfriend apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa and stay for the whole 6 months?

I am a UK national and have a girlfriend who was born and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. I have visited her over there for a period of 5 days, but now we see that for her to come to the UK she must ...
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As a Canadian, what are appropriate gifts to bring when travelling to Europe?

I live in Vancouver, Canada and will be travelling to London and Paris for several weeks in October. I will be using Airbnb and CouchSurfing. I would like to bring some small gifts for my hosts and ...
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The infamous “Balance of Probabilities” with UK visas and Immigration

For those who have been refused entry clearance or leave to enter the UK, you very likely have come across the term, balance of the probabilities in the refusal. Balance of Probabilities A legal ...
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Should I mention my Canadian visa refusal in my UK visa application? [closed]

My Canada visa was refused; I got a refusal letter but nothing was stamped in my passport. I got rejected under section 205(a) and 186 for not demonstrating specialized knowledge. Do I have to ...
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Is rudeness to UK immigration officials a sufficient reason to deny entry?

Do UK immigration officials have the discretion to refuse entry to arriving visitors solely because of condescending answers, rude behavior and arrogant answers to questions? I know the officers are ...
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Is a tour of a US Embassy possible?

Just as seeing the inside of tech companies would be interesting, I think it could be interesting to see the inside of embassies too. Let's say I was going to be in London for a week and wanted to see ...
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Quickest way from London to Dubai without flying?

This is a question from a friend not (yet!) on Travel.SE... From London, what is the quickest way to get to Dubai (via trains, buses, ferries etc) without flying? (My usual advice of "just check ...
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Will a British bank allow a British citizen an account denominated in U.S. dollars?

I am planning a trip to the USA, for which I will need spending money. I have a brokerage account that is denominated in U.S. dollars and I would like, if possible, to use the proceeds from this so ...
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe [closed]

I want to buy some goods (around 700 pounds worth - a camera, a gpu and an ssd) from Amazon UK. As I am living in Europe right now (residence in Ireland) is it possible to ask for a VAT refund, even ...
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Help a nervous flyer plan routes that minimise flight changes and time spent in the air

I'm new here! I'm just looking for some advice and some guidance. So, I feel like it's just better if I cut to the chase. I'm from Scotland and this year I was accepted to study abroad in the USA ...
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Are there any small towns near Edinburgh with good access to rural hiking routes?

I'm planning a trip to the UK for next year and we intend to make Edinburgh our point of arrival. The group I'm with are all avid hikers and would probably love to see some of the Scottish countryside ...
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I've been granted temporary admission to the UK for only three days. What can I do?

Edit: He was waiting outside for 10 hours and i paid 450 for 2 nights at a hotel but i got a part refund i forgot to say so it was 350 for 2 nights, he paid for the train costs and taxi's as well as ...