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Do I require an entry clearance/ VISA

If you are not a British Citizen or a citizen of one the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, you may need an entry clearance before you travel to the United Kingdom and Islands.

Entry clearance is the formal term to describe the application process for visa nationals who wish to travel to the United Kingdom and Islands and for non visa nationals who intend to stay for longer than six months The visa or, in the case of a non visa national, the entry clearance certificate is placed in your passport or travel document.

Visa nationals are persons who need an entry clearance to enter the United Kingdom and Islands for whatever reason, this must be applied for before travelling to the United Kingdom and Islands; non-EEA nationals seeking entry for more than six months will also need an entry clearance, as with a visa this must be applied for before travelling to the United Kingdom and Islands. A list of Nationalities which require a Visa can be found in the download below.

Applications for an entry clearance / visa for the Bailiwick of Guernsey must be submitted to a British mission overseas designated for the purpose of issuing visas / entry clearances so that a decision can be made as to whether or not you qualify for entry before you travel to the United Kingdom and Islands. Entry clearance officers will refer applications to the Immigration and Nationality Division in Guernsey other than where a short visit is intended.

If you have a valid visa for the United Kingdom and Islands, you will not normally be refused entry on arrival unless your circumstances have changed, you gave false information, or you did not tell the entry clearance officer important facts when you applied for your visa.

The visa tells the immigration officer at a United Kingdom or Islands port of arrival:

  • the purpose of your travel;
  • how long you can stay in the United Kingdom and Islands; and
  • the latest date that you can enter the United Kingdom and Islands.

Normally, you may enter and leave the United Kingdom and Islands as many times as you like during the validity of your visa.


Immigration and Nationality Division

Guernsey Border Agency, New Jetty,  White Rock,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 2LL,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 741420 Email: ind@gba.gov.gg




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