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Which Countries Can UK Nationals Enter Without Visa? Find out the top 15

Are you a UK national? Do you own a valid UK passport? If yes, you’ll agree that traveling around the world is seamless. The UK passport commands visa-free entries in many countries – from Europe to North America, South America, and Africa.

Hence, if you’re wondering where to spend your next vacation as a UK national, you have many options. However, having many options can make decision-making difficult. In that regard, we’ve done the homework to list the top countries UK nationals can visit without a visa.

Check them out below:

  1. United States

Over $14 billion is spent annually by the over 4.5 million UK nationals who travel to the US. British nationals can fill out an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application to visit the United States without a visa.

They can visit the United States for leisure, business, transit, medical, and short-term study purposes for up to 90 days each time, thanks to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

Back in 1988, the United Kingdom joined the Visa Waiver Program. However, pre-arrival screening of visitors is necessary due to security measures designed to handle terrorism risks.

  1. Belgium

Travelers from the United Kingdom do not need a visa to enter Belgium for stays of 90 days or less. Any passport issued within the last 10 years will suffice, so long as it is valid for at least 6 months after the entry date in Belgium. 

With the advent of the ETIAS, these criteria for entering the EU may change. The ETIAS visa waiver and a passport that is still valid three months after the date of entrance into Belgium are requirements for all British tourists.

Brits can use their ETIAS to stay in Belgium for up to 90 of every 180 days. Visitors, students, and business travelers who are just in Belgium temporarily or in transit will be able to use their ETIAS without any problems.

  1. Canada

Canada and the United Kingdom can claim to be among the world’s earliest parliamentary democracies, thanks to their shared monarch. There is a long history of strategic engagement between the two countries.

There are a few nations whose nationals do not need a visa to visit Canada for stays of less than six months, and the United Kingdom (UK) is one of them. British people can only stay for up to 90 days without a visa. 

In 2015, Canadian immigration implemented eTA as a more streamlined process for evaluating prospective tourists and assessing their legal status to enter the country.

UK Citizens can use the eTA to Canada to avoid the visa application procedure. One only fills out a short online form to gain access. The eTA is issued through email and typically processed within a few hours. 

  1. Denmark

Visitors from the United Kingdom can stay in Denmark and other Schengen countries without a visa for up to 90 days in 180 days.

The same holds true for those in Denmark for other reasons, such as business meetings, cultural or sporting events, or even just short-term study or training. Visits to other Schengen countries within the previous 180 days will count toward your 90-day maximum, so plan accordingly. 

Citizens of the United Kingdom may be required to use distinct lanes at the Danish border check from those of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland. There is a possibility that you will get a stamp on your passport when you enter and leave a country.

  1. France

Due to the massive emigration of Britons to France, the country now has one of the highest communities of foreign-born UK nationals. From the 1990s onward, the number of Britons migrating to France rose sharply. The number of British citizens living in France is estimated to be 170,000 to 400,000.

As a result of Brexit, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. Citizens of the United Kingdom who are not from a Schengen member state must sign up with ETIAS before traveling to France. 

British citizens can still visit France without a visa at the moment. Once the ETIAS becomes mandatory, British citizens will be unable to enter France without a valid ETIAS.

  1. Germany

Germany, the EU’s most populated country, has one of the world’s most prominent economies and has become increasingly influential on the global stage in the years following reunification.

As mentioned before, if a British citizen stays in one of the Schengen Member States for less than 90 days in 180 days, they don’t need a visa. This applies to Germany.

Short-term visitors to Germany who don’t need a visa usually can’t work in any way. But some professional activities, like standard business travel and a wide range of cultural, academic, and sports activities, don’t count as economic activities and don’t require a visa or residence permit.

  1. Israel

As a British tourist, you can enter Israel and its Palestinian territories without a visa. You are welcome to stay in the country for up to three months.

Passports are routinely stamped upon entry at some airports and seaports. Keep your passport and entrance card together until you depart the country. This document serves as proof of your lawful entry into Israel and may be requested at checkpoints.

Your passport may be stamped with an admission stamp and two red lines if you are denied entry into Israel.

  1. Italy

Despite Britain’s exit from the EU in 2020 and the end of temporary arrangements, U.K. citizens staying in Italy for less than 90 days do not require a visa.

The reason is that the United Kingdom and the European Union have an agreement that allows citizens of both to travel freely between each other without a visa, as a stopover on a long journey.

Starting at the end of 2022, the ETIAS system will be required for people seeking a visa-free visit to Italy and the rest of the Schengen Area. Your passport is all that is required at this point.

  1. Mexico

For vacation or business trips of less than 90 days, citizens of the United Kingdom do not need a visa to enter Mexico. 

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Mexico, but they will still need a Tourist Card. Although this is not a Mexico visa, it does grant entry to the country and is required for British citizens.

If you are a UK passport holder and intend to stay in Mexico for more than 6 months, you will need a visa to enter the country. Visa is also mandatory for visitors under certain categories.

  1. New Zealand

Visitors from the United Kingdom can enter New Zealand without a visa. British nationals, however, are required to apply for and get a New Zealand electronic travel authorization (eTA) before visiting the country. 

An electronic travel authorization (eTA) from New Zealand to the United Kingdom is good for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During this validity time, you may travel to New Zealand as often as you like. If you have an NZeTA, your total time in New Zealand must be under 6 months.

  1. Qatar

The United Kingdom and Qatar cooperate on many political, commercial, security, and economic concerns. Among these are addressing climate change, bolstering regional economic and security, and facilitating the growth of successful British businesses in Qatar.

You can acquire a free 30-day tourist visa waiver on arrival in Qatar if you are a full British citizen and hold a valid passport. Your passport’s validity period must be at least six months after your planned departure from Qatar.

You need a visa to enter the country if you are not a tourist or are traveling on a business or diplomatic passport from the United Kingdom. Stays beyond 30 days require an extension of your visa waiver through the Ministry of the Interior. You must pay any overstay fines before leaving Qatar if you receive them. 

  1. Senegal

Despite being nearly 95% Muslim, Senegal has managed to avoid the Islamic radicalism and terrorism typical in other parts of West Africa.

Travelers from the United Kingdom visiting Senegal for tourist or business purposes do not need a visa to enter the country. The maximum length of stay for British passport holders in Senegal is 90 days. 

The United Kingdom is one of 57 nations whose citizens do not need visas to enter. An additional 69 countries’ citizens can obtain visas upon arrival. You must register with the local authorities and get a “Carte d’Etranger” if your stay in Senegal will last more than three months.

  1. Spain

Many UK citizens can visit Spain without obtaining a visa. Visits by British nationals are still permitted without a visa for stays of up to three months, providing ample time for both vacation and business. 

After its release, the new ETIAS travel authorization will be required of all citizens of other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. 

Those from the United Kingdom can still stay in Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area for up to three months. However, they must have a current ETIAS Authorization before they enter the country.

This is done to guarantee the safety of Schengen’s borders and the screening of all non-EU travelers entering the zone.

  1. South Africa

The United Kingdom’s top trading partner in Africa is South Africa. While the United Kingdom is now just South Africa’s seventh largest export market, it is still the country’s largest source of foreign direct investment.

Currently, a visa is not required for British nationals who intend to visit South Africa for less than 90 days for tourism or business. More than 400 thousand UK residents take advantage of the visa-free program yearly to visit South Africa. 

You don’t need a visa to visit South Africa if you’re a citizen of the United Kingdom or any of the other nearly 50 nations on that list. Visitors from these countries can enter South Africa at any port of entry and stay for up to 90 days with a valid national passport. 

However, British nationals must apply for a South African visa at the South African embassy or consulate in the UK to stay in the country for more than 90 days.

  1. Turkey

For decades, British tourists have flocked to Turkey, and that trend shows no signs of slowing down. Much of this is thanks to the country’s allure of gorgeous beaches, vibrant culture, and rich history. 

The introduction of the Turkey e-Visa for UK citizens substantially decreased the long lines at immigration. After March 2, 2020, British nationals will not need an e-visa to visit Turkey.

British citizens no longer need a visa to visit Turkey for leisure or commercial purposes or to transit to another country. They are permitted to stay in Turkey visa-free for up to 90 days each 180 days.

A visa for Turkey is required for longer stays by nationals of the United Kingdom and can be obtained from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate well in advance of the trip. 

Moreover, British nationals planning to work or study in Türkiye for any period require an appropriate visa or residence permit.

Bottom Line

The British passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world. With it, you can visit many countries for short periods without a visa. The above list contains just the top 15 countries preferred by UK travelers, but there are many more.