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British Visa

United Kingdom and Gibraltar (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland):


ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:  A visa is not required for tourist or business visits to the UK of less than six months in duration.  Visitors wishing to remain longer than one month in Gibraltar should regularize their stay with Gibraltar immigration authorities.  Those planning to visit the UK for any purpose other than tourism or business, or who intend to stay longer than six months, should see our UK visa page.


COUNTRY DESCRIPTION:  The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a highly developed constitutional monarchy comprised of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on the United Kingdom for additional information.  Gibraltar is a United Kingdom Overseas Territory bordering Spain and located at the southernmost tip of Europe at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.  It is one of thirteen former British colonies that have elected to continue their political links with London.  Tourist facilities are widely available. 


REGISTRATION / EMBASSY LOCATION:  Americans living or traveling in the United Kingdom are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration web site, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within the United Kingdom.  By registering, Americans make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency, and to relay updated information on travel and security within the United Kingdom.  The Embassy and Consulates regularly send security and other information via email to Americans who have registered.  As noted above, recent communications from U.S. Embassy London to the local American citizen community, called Warden Messages, can be found on the embassy's web site.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  The Consular Section also disseminates a newsletter every month.  Those wishing to subscribe to the monthly consular newsletter in London should send a request by email to SCSLondon@state.gov.


The U.S. Embassy is located at 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE; telephone: in country 020-7499-9000; from the U.S. 011-44-20-7499-9000 (24 hours); Consular Section fax: in country 020-7495-5012; from the U.S. 011-44-20-7495-5012, and on the Internet at http://london.usembassy.gov.


The U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, Scotland, is located at 3 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5BW; Telephone: in country 0131-556-8315, from the U.S. 011-44-131-556-8315.  After hours: in country 01224-857097, from the U.S. 011-44-1224-857097.  Fax: in country 0131-557-6023; from the U.S. 011-44-131-557-6023.  Information on the Consulate General is included on the Embassy's web site at http://london.usembassy.gov/scotland.


The U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is located at Danesfort House, 228 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5GR; Telephone: in country 028-9038-6100; from the U.S. 011-44-28-9038-6100.  Fax:  in country 028-9068-1301; from the U.S. 011-44-28-9068-1301.  Information on the Consulate General is included on the Embassy's web site at: http://london.usembassy.gov/nireland.


There is no U.S. consular representation in Gibraltar.  Passport questions should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, located at Serrano 75, Madrid, Spain, tel (34)(91) 587-2200, and fax (34)(91) 587-2303.  The web site is http://madrid.usembassy.gov.  All other inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in London.

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