UK passport holders are amongst the most privileged citizens of the world when it comes to traveling. Currently ranked in the sixth position alongside Norway and the United States in the list of world’s most powerful passports, the UK citizens can, for now, travel to 183 countries, whether visa-free or wish an e-visa or a visa-on-arrival.

Moreover, most of the rest of the world countries for which a traditional sticker visa is needed for Britons to travel there, have created facilities due to reciprocal agreement between the UK and those particular countries.

Yet, there are a few world countries that have stricter entry criteria for foreigners, including Britons. Those wishing to travel to any of these countries will need to carefully check the entry requirements and meet them all, before taking a trip there.

Due to Brexit, probably a no-deal one, some of the travel criteria for Britons traveling abroad are soon about to change, in particular to the member countries of the European Union. Following in this article, you may find several lists of the countries that UK citizens need and do not visas for tourism, business and other similar non-employment activities.

139 Visa-Free Countries for UK Citizens

British citizens holding a valid passport issued by the UK Home Office can travel to the following world countries without the need of getting any kind of visa or authorization, and remain for the specified period:

  1. Albania – 90 days
  2. Andorra
  3. Anguilla – 90 days
  4. Antigua and Barbuda – 180 days
  5. Argentina – 90 days
  6. Armenia – 180 days
  7. Aruba – 30 days, extendable up to 180 days
  8. Austria
  9. Bahamas – 21 days, extendable up to 8 months
  10. Barbados – 180 days
  11. Belarus – 30 days
  12. Belgium
  13. Belize – 30 days
  14. Bermuda – 180 days
  15. Bolivia – 90 days
  16. Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
  17. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 90 days
  18. Botswana – 90 days
  19. Brazil – 90 days, can be extended for another 90 days
  20. British Virgin Islands
  21. Brunei – 90 days
  22. Bulgaria
  23. Cape Verde Islands
  24. Cayman Islands – 180 days
  25. Chile – 90 days, extendable
  26. Colombia – 90 days, can be extended for a total of 180-days in a calendar year
  27. Cook Islands – 31 days
  28. Costa Rica – 90 days
  29. Croatia
  30. Curacao – 90 days
  31. Cyprus
  32. Czech Republic
  33. Denmark
  34. Dominica – 180 days
  35. Dominican Republic – 90 days
  36. Ecuador – 90 days, extendable
  37. El Salvador – 90 days
  38. Estonia
  39. Eswatini (Swaziland) – 30 days
  40. Falkland Islands
  41. Faroe Islands
  42. Fiji – 120 days
  43. Finland
  44. France
  45. French Guiana
  46. French Polynesia
  47. French West Indies
  48. Gambia – 90 days
  49. Georgia – 365 days a year
  50. Germany
  51. Gibraltar – British citizens have right of abode in Gibraltar.
  52. Greece
  53. Greenland – 90 days within a 180 days period
  54. Grenada – 180 days
  55. Guam – 90 days
  56. Guatemala – 90 days
  57. Guyana – 90 days
  58. Haiti – 90 days
  59. Honduras – 90 days
  60. Hong Kong (SAR China) – 180 days
  61. Hungary
  62. Iceland
  63. Indonesia – 30 days
  64. Ireland
  65. Israel – 90 days
  66. Italy
  67. Jamaica – 180 days
  68. Japan – 90 days, can be extended once
  69. Kazakhstan – 30 days
  70. Kiribati – 30 days
  71. Kosovo – 90 days
  72. Kyrgyzstan – 60 days
  73. Latvia
  74. Lesotho – 14 days
  75. Liechtenstein
  76. Lithuania
  77. Luxembourg
  78. Macao (SAR China) – 180 days
  79. Malaysia – 90 days
  80. Malta
  81. Marshall Islands – 90 days
  82. Mauritius – 90 days
  83. Mayotte – freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
  84. Mexico – 180 days
  85. Micronesia – 30 days
  86. Moldova – 90 days in 180-day period
  87. Monaco
  88. Montenegro – 90 days
  89. Montserrat
  90. Morocco – 90 days
  91. Namibia – 90 days in a calendar year
  92. Netherlands
  93. New Caledonia
  94. New Zealand – 180 days
  95. Nicaragua – 90 days
  96. Niue
  97. North Macedonia – 90 days
  98. Northern Mariana Islands
  99. Norway
  100. Palestinian Territory
  101. Panama – 180 days
  102. Paraguay – 90 days
  103. Peru – 90 to 183 days
  104. Philippines – 30 days
  105. Poland
  106. Portugal
  107. Qatar – 30 days
  108. Reunion – freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
  109. Romania
  110. San Marino
  111. Sao Tome and Principe – 15 days
  112. Senegal – 90 days
  113. Serbia – 90 days
  114. Singapore – 90 days
  115. Slovakia
  116. Slovenia
  117. South Africa – 90 days
  118. South Korea – 90 days
  119. Spain
  120. Kitts and Nevis – 90 days
  121. Lucia – 6 weeks
  122. Maarten – 90 days
  123. Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days
  124. Sweden
  125. Switzerland
  126. Taiwan – 90 days
  127. Thailand – 30 days, if arriving by land
  128. Trinidad and Tobago
  129. Tunisia – 90 days
  130. Turkey – 90 days
  131. Turks and Caicos Islands – 90 days
  132. Ukraine – 90 days in 180-day period
  133. Uruguay – 90 days
  134. Uzbekistan – 30 days
  135. Vanuatu – 30 days
  136. Vatican City
  137. Venezuela – 90 days
  138. Vietnam – 15 days
  139. Zambia – 90 days

Documents Britons Need to Present at Port of Entry to Enter Visa-Free

Despite the visa-free policy that all these countries apply to citizens of the United Kingdom, travelers from the UK still need to carry at least some sort of identification document for entry.

Aside from the EU countries, who only ask for an ID in order to permit Britons to enter their territory, the rest of the countries listed above also ask for a valid passport. In addition, a few of them also want Britons at their port of entry to present:

  • Evidence they have traveler’s health insurance.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to support their stay in that particular country.
  • Proof of accommodation.

In addition, a few of these countries may require from Britons proof of vaccination for illnesses and diseases that are common in that country. When traveling alone with a child, notarized authorization from the other parent is compulsory.

Note that every country has its specific entry requirements. Thus, Britons traveling to any of these countries should contact the relevant authorities of that country in Britain for further information in this regard.

UK Citizens Travelling to EU Member States After Brexit

In a post-Brexit European Union, the UK travelers will no longer be privileged as they currently are as EU citizens. They will need to join the lines of third-country nationals at airports, and present the following documents:

  • Valid passport. The passport must not be older than 10 years, and it must have at least 3 months of validity left on the day the traveler plans to leave the EU.
  • Health Insurance. Valid in the whole territory of the Schengen Area, with a coverage worth minimum €30,000 for health related incidents.
  • Proof of accommodation and financial means may also be required in several Schengen countries.

As of January 1, 2021, UK nationals traveling to the EU will also need an ETIAS, which is an online authorization to enter the Schengen Area.

7 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with Travel Authorization

When traveling to any of the following countries, UK passport holders will need to previously get a travel authorization online.

  1. American Samoa – Entry Permit Waiver Program
  2. Australia – Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  3. Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  4. Puerto Rico – Electronic System for Travel Authorization
  5. Sri Lanka – Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
  6. United States – Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
  7. US Virgin Islands – Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Once the ETIAS comes into force, the EU member states will join this list increasing the number from seven to at least 34.

Britons traveling any of these countries will need to apply for the applicable travel authorization, for which they need to apply online while usually having the following documents:

  • Passport.
  • Confirmed roundtrip ticket.
  • Credit/Debit card to pay the travel authorization fee, when required.

38 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with a Visa-on-Arrival

British citizens have the privilege of traveling to 38 world countries and receiving a visa upon arrival the point of entry. These countries, and the period they permit Britons to remain with only a visa-on-arrival are as follows:

  1. Bahrain – up to 3 months
  2. Bangladesh – 30 days
  3. Burkina Faso – 30 days
  4. Cambodia – 30 days
  5. Comoros Islands
  6. Egypt – 30 days
  7. Ethiopia – up to 90 days
  8. Gabon – 90 days
  9. Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
  10. Jordan
  11. Kenya – 90 days
  12. Kuwait – 90 days
  13. Laos – 30 days
  14. Lebanon – 30 days
  15. Madagascar – 90 days
  16. Malawi
  17. Maldives – 30 days
  18. Mauritania
  19. Mozambique – 30 days
  20. Nepal – 90 days
  21. Palau Islands – 30 days
  22. Papua New Guinea – 60 days
  23. Rwanda – 30 days
  24. Samoa
  25. Seychelles – 90 days
  26. Solomon Islands – 90 days
  27. Somalia
  28. Helena
  29. Suriname – 90 days
  30. Tajikistan – 45 days
  31. Tanzania – 90 days
  32. Timor-Leste – 30 days
  33. Togo – 7 days
  34. Tonga – 31 days
  35. Tuvalu – 30 days
  36. Uganda
  37. United Arab Emirates – 30 days
  38. Zimbabwe – 90 days

8 Countries UK Citizens Can Visit with E-Visa

In addition, UK citizens traveling to any of the following countries will need to apply for an e-visa first:

  1. Angola
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Benin
  4. Djibouti
  5. India
  6. Myanmar
  7. Oman
  8. Pakistan

The application procedures for an e-visa are way easier than for a regular sticker visa as no interview is required from the applicant, and it often costs way less. The applicant needs to complete an online form and upload a few documents as required. At the end a fee must be paid.

Once the application is processed, the applicant receives an answer in their email. If positive, the visa confirmation must be printed and carried while traveling to the destination country.

34 Countries With Visa Regimes Towards UK Citizens

There are still 34 world countries that apply a stricter visa regime towards the UK citizens. To travel there, British passport holders will need to meet several requirements and criteria. These countries are:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Learn how to apply for Algeria visa from UK!
  3. Bhutan
  4. Burundi
  5. Cameroon
  6. Central African Republic
  7. Chad
  8. China
  9. Congo (Dem. Rep.)
  10. Congo (Rep.)
  11. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  12. Cuba – Learn how to apply for Cuba visa from UK!
  13. Equatorial Guinea
  14. Eritrea
  15. Ghana
  16. Guinea
  17. Iran
  18. Iraq
  19. Liberia
  20. Libya
  21. Mali
  22. Mongolia
  23. Nauru
  24. Niger
  25. Nigeria
  26. North Korea
  27. Russian Federation – Learn how to apply for Russian visa from UK!
  28. Saudi Arabia
  29. Sierra Leone
  30. South Sudan
  31. Sudan
  32. Syria
  33. Turkmenistan
  34. Yemen

The application procedures differ from one country to the other. However, most of them consist of the following procedures:

  1. Completing the application form for the visa.
  2. Collecting the required documents.
  3. Paying the visa fee.
  4. Attending a visa interview and submitting the required documents.

British travelers need to check the visa procedures with the responsible mission of the country they wish to visit prior to their trip, as the procedures are specific and continuously subject to change.

 

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