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Entry Clearances

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which countries nationals are required to secure a visitor visa to visit the UK. (222957)

At present, nationals of over 100 countries or territorial entities are visa nationals and require entry clearance (a visa) to enter the UK in any circumstances, including for a visit of up to six months. The countries are set out in the following list, Appendix 1 to the immigration rules.

Appendix 1: Visa requirements for the United Kingdom

1. Subject to paragraph 2 the following persons need a visa for the United Kingdom:

(a) Nationals or citizens of the following countries or territorial entities:

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belarus

Benin

Bhutan

Bosnia Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Burma

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

People's Republic of China (except those referred to in sub-paragraphs 2(d) and (e) of this Appendix)

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Cuba

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea (North)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Peru

Philippines

Qatar

Russia

Rwanda

Sao Tome e Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Somalia

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Surinam

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

The territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

(b) Persons who hold passports or travel documents issued by the former Soviet Union or by the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

(c) Stateless persons.

(d) Persons who hold non-national documents.

2. The following persons do not need a visa for the United Kingdom:

(a) those who qualify for admission to the United Kingdom as returning residents in accordance with paragraph 18;

(b) those who seek leave to enter the United Kingdom within the period of their earlier leave and for the same purpose as that for which that leave was granted, unless it

(i) was for a period of six months or less; or

(ii) was extended by statutory instrument or by section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 (inserted by section 3 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999);

(c) Deleted.

(d) those nationals or citizens of the People's Republic of China holding passports issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; or

(e) those nationals or citizens of the People's Republic of China holding passports issued by Macao Special Administrative Region.

(f) those who arrive in the United Kingdom with leave to enter which is in force but which was given before arrival so long as those in question arrive within the period of their earlier leave and for the same purpose as that for which leave was granted, unless that leave

(i) was for a period of six months or less, or

(ii) was extended by statutory instrument or by section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 (inserted by section 3 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999).