By Mary Charie / 23/01/2019

[2019] BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES:
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens

UK citizens are probably one of the most well-travelled people I know. In every corner you turn your head, you will hear a Brit. You'll meet them in a hostel dorm room in Southeast Asia, tour groups in Europe, tourist bars in South America, and even on the top of an African mountain - there is a British traveller.

UK passport is one of the strongest passports in terms of travelling. In this article, you will find out the visa free countries for British citizens - countries they can travel without a visa. This British passport visa-free article will also show the visa-on-arrival and/or evisa and the countries that the UK citizens need a visa to enter or travel to.

Despite the Brexit hanging around the corner, the Brits travel a lot either for holiday, business, or immigration, they bring a lot of businesses to different countries in the world. I know my opinion doesn't matter, but if we are only talking about visa privileges, I personally think that the UK citizens will be able to work on visa arrangements with other countries one way or another.

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HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN A BRITISH CITIZEN VISIT WITHOUT A VISA

There are 174 countries that British citizens can travel without a visa. While they can receive 45 visas on arrival or evisa, and 35 countries require a British passport holder to apply for a visa beforehand.

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If you are planning to travel on a British passport, you are lucky. It's on the 4th rank most powerful passport in the world on the 21st place together with most European countries, Japan, and Canada.

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BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES: Visa-Free, Visa-On-Arrival, & Visa Requirement

Here are the visa-free countries for British passport holders plus visa on arrival, evisa, and which countries require to apply for a visa before entry. It's all categorised by continent and in alphabetical order.

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VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

There are many countries in Africa that are visa-free access for UK citizens. While others gave limited access, you can easily apply for an extension or a specific visa to prolong your stay depending on the purpose.

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Central Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Sao Tome and Principe - 15 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Angola - evisa for 30 days, must show a onward ticket and hotel reservation
  • Gabon - visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days, evisa must arrive via Libreville International Airport
  • Rwanda - evisa or visa on arrival for 30 days, can enter using a valid East Africa Tourist Visa issues by Kenya or Uganda

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Burundi
  • Cameroon - pre-approved visa can be received on arrival
  • Central African Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • South Sudan
BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

East Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Mayotte - freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
  • Mauritius - 90 days
  • Reunion - freedom of movement, must hold a valid ID or Passport
  • Seychelles - 90 days free of charge

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Comoros
  • Djibouti - evisa for 31 days
  • Ethiopia - evisa or visa on arrival from 30 days for up to 90 days which must be obtained or arrive via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport - APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE
  • Kenya - visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days, can enter with valid East African Tourist Visa from either Kenya or Uganda
  • Madagascar - visa on arrival or 30 days
  • Somalia - visa on arrival for 30 days, available at Berbera, Borama, Bosaso, Burao, Erigavo, Galciao, Hargeisa, and Mogadishu airports only
  • Tanzania - evisa or visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Uganda - visa on arrival or evisa, must get online, you can also enter using East Africa Tourist Visa from Kenya or Rwanda
  • Zambia - visa on arrival or evisa, can apply for Universal Visa to use for Zambia and Zimbabwe - APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE
  • Zimbabwe - evisa or visa on arrival, an apply for Universal Visa to use for Zimbabwe and Zambia

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Eritrea - pre-approved visa can be received upon arrival

North Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Morocco - 90 days
  • Tunisia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Algeria
  • Libya - if you have a pre-approved visa, it  can be picked up upon arrival
  • South Sudan

South Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Botswana - 90 days
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) - 30 days
  • Gambia - 90 days
  • Lesotho - 14 days
  • Namibia - 90 days in a calendar year
  • Senegal - 90 days
  • South Africa - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Malawi - visa on arrival
  • Mozambique - visa on arrival for 30 days

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West Africa

VISA-FREE:

  • Gambia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Benin - visa on arrival for 8 days and evisa for 30 days, must show an international vaccination certificate
  • Burkina Faso - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Cape Verde - visa on arrival
  • Cote d'Ivoire - evisa for 90 days, must enter through Port Bouet Airport - APPLY HERE - Ivory Coast visa application guide
  • Guinea-Bissau - evisa and visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Mauritania - visa on arrival on Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport only
  • Togo - visa on arrival for 7 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Ghana - you can pick up your pre-approved visa when you land
  • Guinea
  • Liberia - it's ok to pick up your pre-approved visa when you land
  • Mali
  • Niger - you can pick up your pre-approved visa when you land
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone - it's ok to pick up your pre-approved visa when you land

VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

Asia is a great destination for British travellers especially East and Southeast Asia where most countries do not require a visa to enter and travel. Some of them even give a lot of free visa days. Plus, nowadays, there are many direct flights from the UK or Europe to Asia which makes travelling easier.

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BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Cambodia Tourist Visa | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

East Asia

VISA-FREE:

  • Hong Kong - 180 days in a calendar year
  • Japan - 90 days, can be extended once
  • Macau - 180 days
  • South Korea - 90 days
  • Taiwan - 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • China - 72-hour transit is free via Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xi'an and Xiamen. Can transit for 144-hours via Beijing Capital International Airport,Dalian, Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport in Hebei,Nanjing, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Railway Station and the Port of Shanghai) ; Shenyang and Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
  • Mongolia
  • North Korea - special permit is required and must be with an approved tour agency only

Central Asia

VISA-FREE:

  • Kazakhstan - 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan - 60 days
  • Uzbekistan - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Turkmenistan
BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Nepal Tourist Visa Sticker | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

South Asia

VISA-FREE:

  • Maldives - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Bangladesh - visa on arrival for 30 days, must enter through Dhaka International Airport
  • India - evisa for 180 days, evisa can only be used twice in a calendar year and must be used via 26 international airports or 3 seaports - check this Indian visa online guide or get your evisa now
  • Nepal - visa on arrival for 90 days and can be extended
  • Sri Lanka - evisa/visa on arrival for 30 days, can be extended once you are in the country for maximum of 90 days - APPLY FOR AN EVISA

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bhutan - visas must be processed via the Embassy, Consulate, or approved tour operators only
  • Pakistan

Southeast Asia

BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Vietnam Tourist Visa | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

VISA-FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Cambodia - evisa/visa on arrival for 30 days, can be extended for another 30 days - find more details on Cambodia visa guide
  • Laos - visa on arrival for 30 days, $40 fee - airport and land
  • Myanmar - evisa for 28 days, must enter through a specific point depending on what you place on your application - APPLY FOR AN EVISA - here is my Myanmar visa guide
  • Timor-Leste - visa on arrival for 30 days via Dili Seaport or Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport
  • Vietnam - evisa for 30 days or longer - check your visa options
BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Myanmar Tourist Visa | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

West / Middle East

VISA-FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Azerbaijan - evisa for 30 days - get your evisa
  • Bahrain - visa on arrival for 90 days, evisa for 14 days can be extended once
  • Iraq - visa on arrival for 15 days at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah Airport
  • Kuwait - evisa/visa on arrival for 90 days - guide on how to get Kuwait evisa or look at the fee
  • Lebanon - visa on arrival for 30 days, can be extended for two additional months for free at Beirut International Airport
  • Oman - evisa for 30 days - apply for an evisa
  • Turkey - evisa for 90 days -check for evisa price - Turkey visa guide
  • United Arab Emirate - visa on arrival for 30 days for free

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen - a single tourist visa can be obtained upon arrival for 60 days

VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

EU country stamps | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

Europe is definitely the number one holiday destination for a British. It's easy to get around to, borders almost do not exist, and the flights are crazy cheap and short - even just a weekend trip is possible.

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European Union Member

United Kingdom is a member of European Union until the final visa policy or decision of Brexit is approved. Since its still a member, British citizens have the freedom of movement to the following countries.

* - non-member of EU but British passport holders and citizens can move freely

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Austria

Hungary

Malta

Slovakia

Belgium

Estonia

Ireland

Netherlands

Spain

Bulgaria

Finland

Poland

Sweden

Croatia

France

Portugal

Iceland*

Cyprus

Germany

Romania

Switzerland

Czechia

Greece

Luxembourg

Slovenia

Norway

Liechtenstein*

Non-European Union Member

Here are the non-EU member countries but still offer a great visa policies for British passport holders.

VISA-FREE:

  • Albania - 90 days
  • Andorra
  • Belarus - 30 days, must arrive in Minsk International Airport and should be registered at the police if staying for more than 5 days
  • Kosovo - 90 days
  • Macedonia - 90 days
  • Moldova - 90 days in 180-day period
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro - 90 days
  • San Marino
  • Serbia - 90 days
  • Ukraine - 90 days in 180-day period
  • Vatican City

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Russia - you need an invitation letter from a person in Russia or a travel agency if you are applying for a visa, you can get it online too

VISA GUIDE FOR AMERICA

BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Ecuador & Canada Stamps | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

Travelling to the north, central, and South America is quite easy too. This part of the world gives British passport visa-free countries access. The visas are not a problem while the affordable and direct flights can be found with a little research, these destinations are simply must-travel.

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Central America / Caribbean

VISA-FREE:

  • Aruba - 30 days can be extended up to 180 days
  • Antigua and Barbuda - 180 days
  • Bahamas - 21 days, can be extended up to 8 months
  • Barbados - 180 days
  • Belize - 30 days
  • Bermuda - 180 days
  • Cayman Islands - 180 days
  • Costa Rica - 90 days
  • Curacao - 90 days
  • Dominica - 180 days
  • Dominican Republic - 30 days
  • El Salvador - 90 days
  • Guatemala - 90 days
  • Grenada - 180 days
  • Haiti - 90 days
  • Honduras - 90 days
  • Jamaica - 180 days
  • Nicaragua - 90 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis - 90 days
  • Saint Lucia - 6 weeks
  • Turks and Caicos - 90 days
  • Panama - 180 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Cuba

North America

VISA-FREE:

  • Canada - 180 days, eTA is required if arriving by air
  • Greenland - Schengen visa rule is applied 
  • Mexico - 180 days but must have a tourist card - get yours
  • United States - 90 days, ESTA is required if arriving via air or sea, not required in Guam and Northern Mariania Islands

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BRITISH PASSPORT VISA FREE COUNTRIES Visa Requirements For UK Citizens

Machu Picchu, Peru Stamps | Photo Credit: @vagabond_luke

South America

VISA-FREE:

  • Argentina - 90 days
  • Bolivia - 90 days
  • Brazil - 90 days, can be extended for another 90 days - things to know before travelling to Brazil
  • Chile - 90 days, can be extended
  • Colombia - 90 days, can be extended for a total of 180-days in a calendar year, must show Yellow Fever Vaccine if coming from Brazil and Uganda
  • Ecuador - 90 days, can be extended
  • Guyana - 90 days
  • Paraguay - 90 days
  • Peru - 183 days, but depends on the immigration officer, normally they give 90 days and you can extend for less than $2 in the immigration office in any major cities in Peru
  • Venezuela - 90 days
  • Uruguay - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Suriname - tourist card on arrival for 90 days

VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

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VISA-FREE:

  • Australia - evistor permit for 90 days for free, valid for 1 year
  • Fiji - 120 days
  • Kiribati - 30 days
  • Marshall Islands - 90 days
  • Micronesia - 30 days
  • New Zealand - 180 days
  • Palau - 30 days
  • Samoa - 60 days
  • Solomon Islands - 90 days
  • Tonga - 31 days
  • Tuvalu - 30 days
  • Vanuatu - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL / EVISA:

  • Papua New Guinea - evisa or free visa on arrival for 60 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru​​​​

OTHER BRITISH TERRITORIES

Being part of the Commonwealth nation also helps British citizens to travel to current and old member of the Commonwealth nations. Today, there are 14 British territories that a UK passport holder can enter, travel, and some of them even allow freedom of movement Check the list here and their visa policies.

I really hope that you found this guide about visa requirements for UK citizens useful and helped you plan your next holiday or backpacking trip. If you have any questions or I missed or made a mistake, let me know in the comment section and I'll correct it right away.

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Here is a list of British passport visa free countries plus visa requirements for UK citizens and visa on arrival or evisa - a complete visa guide
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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

2comments
Alex - 17/02/2019

Please amend – Uzbekistan has now visa-free travel for the UK citizens for 30 days from February 01, 2019!

Reply
    Mary Charie - 17/02/2019

    Wow! That’s amazing! I just found out about that, also they opened an evisa program to at least 76 countries started this month. Thank you so much Alex for letting me know! 🙂

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