This section tells you what you can expect when you travel across the UK border, and explains the requirements you must meet if you want to enter or pass through the UK.
The information here is for all travellers who are passing through or crossing our border, including UK passport holders, residents and short-term visitors.
We are responsible for protecting the UK border so that authorised travellers and legitimate goods can pass freely. We do this through the work of our visa staff overseas, and the immigration and customs checks carried out by our border force at ports and airports.
If you are making a short-term visit to the UK, the section on Visitors' rights and responsibilities will tell you whether you can do business while you are here, what medical treatment is available to you, and whether you will need to register with the police.
This section explains who needs to apply for permission before travelling to theUK and why we collect information on passengers before they travel to and fromthe UK.
This section explains what happens when you arrive at our border, how to use IRIS to enter theUK quickly,and what happens if you are refused permission to enter and whether you can appeal.
This section explains how you can pass through theUK when travelling on to another country, if you can travel without a visa under the transit without visa concession, what a direct airside transit visa is and whether you need one, and what documents you will need.
This section explains the restrictions on what you can bring into the UK, and how to go through customs controls.