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Olympic and Paralympic Games: Visas

Volume 717: debated on Monday 8 February 2010

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 will not be required to apply for a visa for the Games. [HL1623]

A visa waiver will operate for a limited number of the accredited Games family who would, under normal circumstances, require a visa before travelling.

This group is expected to be the athletes themselves, coaches and support personnel, International and National Olympic and Paralympic Committee members, accredited media and a small number of representatives from high-level global sponsors. Excluding nationals from the EEA, current estimates are that there will be about 40,000 accredited foreign nationals entering the United Kingdom.

Of these just over half are expected to be nationals of countries who would normally require a visa to enter the United Kingdom or other persons coming for reasons that would normally require some form of entry clearance. In these circumstances the Olympic or Paralympic accreditation card will act as evidence that an entry clearance is not required.