Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa


One of the frequent questions I get is which countries can I visit with a UK visa. The short answer is the UK. The long answer is you can travel to 35 countries and territories VISA-FREE with UK visa.

I encourage you all to secure a US visa or at least a Canada visa first. Both these visas are long-term visas. These visas offer VISA-FREE travel to quite a few countries. But if you happened to have a UK visa or applying for one, then it is still better than not having any visas at all. There are about 35 countries and territories you can visit with a UK visa.

UK does not issue long-term visas like the US or Canada. UK tourist visas are mostly short-term (C-Type) visas valid for 6 months. They do issue long-term visas for 5/10 years but it would cost an arm and a leg.

The UK visa is not the most difficult to get, but it can be stressful due to its lengthy processing times and lack of customer service.

Which UK Visas are eligible?

United Kingdom UK Tourist Visa Image

Depending on the country, any of the below UK visas can be used.

  • UK Visitor Visa (Standard visitor and Short-term study)
  • UK Student Visa (Tier 4)
  • UK Work Visa (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5)
  • UK Transit Visa (DATV and Visitor in Transit)
  • UK Family Visa (Spouse)
  • UK Residence Permit (ILR and BRP)

Refer to each country below for permitted UK visa types. Some countries require the UK visa to be multiple-entry and have been used at least once to travel to the UK.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

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North America

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Guanajuato Mexico

Basílica de Nuestra Señora in Guanajuato, Mexico

01. Mexico

  • Eligible nationalties: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted resident permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa or residence permit must be valid during the entire stay in Mexico
    • Passport must be valid during the entire stay in Mexico
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Central America

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Panama City

Church in the old town of Panama City, Panama

02. Panama

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permts: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa or residence permit must have been used at least once to enter the UK before
    • UK visa or residence permit must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
    • Passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
    • Must show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of $500 USD
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Caribbean

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Cuba

Colorful streets of Havana, Cuba

03. Anguilla (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
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04. Antigua and Barbuda

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: A valid ILR
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
    • VOA fee is $100 USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
    • UK Visa must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
    • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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05. Aruba

06. Bahamas

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    India

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: A valid ILR (applies to all nationalities)
  • Entry granted: 30 days
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07. Bermuda (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa or residence permit must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
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08. Bonaire (Dutch Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
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09. British Virgin Islands (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must have been used at least once to enter the UK before (OR)
    • UK visa must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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10. Cayman Islands (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    China
    India
    Jamaica

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Must arrive in Cayman Islands directly from the UK. Arriving from a third country is not permitted.
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11. Curaçao

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
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12. Dominican Republic

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • If arriving by land or sea, must purchase a Tourist Card on arrival for $10 USD. If arriving by air, the tourist card is included in the airfare.
    • Passport must be valid from at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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13. Jamaica

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    Albania
    Belarus
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bulgaria
    Croatia

    Dominican Republic
    Honduras
    Kazakhstan
    Macedonia

    Moldova
    Montenegro
    Romania
    Serbia

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for at least 30 days from the day of arrival
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14. Sint Maarten

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: None
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK residence permit must be valid for at least 30 days from the day of arrival
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15. Turks and Caicos (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas, except transit
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
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South America

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru

16. Peru

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    China
    India

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: A valid ILR
  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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Europe

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Giants Causeway in Ireland

Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

17. Albania

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must have been used at least once to enter the UK
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18. Georgia

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid on the day of arrival in Georgia
    • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period
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19. Gibraltar (British Territory)

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be issued for at least 6 months or more
    • UK residence permit must be issued for at least 12 months or more
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20. Ireland

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    Bahrain
    Belarus
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    China
    India
    Kazakhstan

    Kuwait
    Montenegro
    Oman
    Qatar
    Russia
    Saudi Arabia

    Serbia
    Thailand
    Turkey
    Ukraine
    Uzbekistan

  • Permitted visas: A valid used multiple-entry UK short-stay standard visitor visa
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 90 days or until the exit date on your UK entry stamp, whichever is shorter
  • Entry rules:
    • Must enter the UK first before entering Ireland
    • Must enter and exit Ireland within the exit date on your UK entry stamp (this is different from the visa expiry date)
    • Can enter Ireland directly from the UK or elsewhere, but must enter Ireland within the exit date on the UK entry stamp
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21. Montenegro

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for the intended period of the stay
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22. North Macedonia

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 15 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for at least 5 days beyond the intended period of stay
    • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 3 months in any 6 months period
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23. Romania

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: None
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK residence permit should have been granted for 5 or more years
    • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period
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24. Serbia

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for the entire duration of the stay
    • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180 day period
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25. Turkey

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    Afghanistan
    Angola
    Bangladesh
    Benin
    Botswana
    Burkina Faso
    Burundi
    Cameroon
    Cape Verde
    Central African Republic
    Chad
    Comoros
    Cote d’Ivoire
    Congo, Dem. Rep, of
    Congo, Rep. of
    Djibouti
    Egypt
    Equatorial Guinea
    Eritrea

    Ethiopia
    Gabon
    Gambia
    Ghana
    Guinea
    Guinea-Bissau
    India
    Iraq
    Kenya
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Libya
    Madagascar
    Malawi
    Mali
    Mauritania
    Mozambique
    Nepal
    Niger

    Nigeria
    North Korea
    Pakistan
    Philippines
    Rwanda
    Sao Tome and Principe
    Senegal
    Sierra Leone
    Somalia
    Sri Lanka
    Sudan
    Swaziland
    Tanzania
    Togo
    Uganda
    Vietnam
    Yemen
    Zimbabwe

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for eVisa online
    • eVisa fee is $43 USD, valid for 180 days, single-entry only
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26. United Kingdom (Of course!)

  • Includes all parts of the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Includes British Crown Dependencies: Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (Bailiwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey)

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Middle East

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Doha Skyline Qatar

The city skyline of Doha, Qatar

27. Oman

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    Albania
    Armenia
    Azerbaijan
    Belarus
    Bhutan
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    El Salvador

    Guatemala
    Honduras
    India
    Kazakhstan
    Kyrgyzstan
    Laos
    Maldives
    Mexico

    Morocco
    Nicaragua
    Panama
    Peru
    Tajikistan
    Turkmenistan
    Uzbekistan
    Vietnam

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa in NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for eVisa online
    • eVisa fee is 50 OMR, valid for 1 year, multiple entry and must be used within 1 month of approval
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28. Qatar

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas, except transit
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for eTA and then obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL at international airports in Qatar
    • eTA is free of charge, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
    • UK visa must be valid for at least 30 days from the day of arrival
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29. Saudi Arabia

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Permitted visas: A valid used multiple-entry UK standard visitor visa
  • Permitted residence permits: None
  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL at all international airports in Saudi Arabia
    • VOA fee is 440 SAR (equivalent to $117 USD), valid for 1 year, multiple-entry
    • Must arrive by air on one of the official Saudi National airline – Saudia, Flynas, and Saudi Gulf
    • UK visa must have been used at least once to enter the UK
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30. United Arab Emirates

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    India

  • Permitted visas: None
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR, BRP and spouse visas
  • Entry granted: 14 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL at UAE airports
    • VOA fee is 100 AED, valid for 14 days, single-entry only
    • UK residence permit must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
    • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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Asia

Travel Countries VISA-FREE with UK visa - Carabao Island in Philippines

Carabao Island in the Philippines

31. Armenia

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    India

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 120 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
    • VOA fee is 15,000 AMD, valid for 120 days, single-entry only
    • Passport must to be valid during the entire stay in Armenia
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32. Philippines

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    India

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused multiple-entry UK visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 14 days
  • Entry rules:
    • UK visa must be valid for the entire duration of stay
    • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure
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33. Singapore

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    China
    India

  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused single/multiple-entry UK visas, except transit
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 96 hours (4 days)
  • Entry rules:
    • Must be traveling to or from the country of passport. Example: Must be traveling to a third country from India via Singapore or traveling to India from a third country via Singapore. An example itinerary would be India-Singapore-Bali or Bali-Singapore-India.
    • Both arriving and departing flights in Singapore must be on the same itinerary
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34. South Korea

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities (except these 24 countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameron, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Yemen)
  • Permitted visas: All valid used/unused single/multiple-entry UK visas, except transit
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Must be traveling to go to any of the 26 Schengen countries or Cyprus, Ireland, Romania or UK through South Korea (OR)
    • Must depart from any of the 26 Schengen countries or Cyprus, Ireland, Romania or UK to go to a third country through South Korea
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35. Taiwan

  • Eligible nationalities: Following nationalities only

    Cambodia
    India

    Indonesia
    Laos

    Myanmar
    Vietnam

  • Permitted visas: All valid/expired used/unused single/multiple-entry UK visas, except transit visas
  • Permitted residence permits: All valid/expired ILR and BRPs
  • Entry granted: 14 days
  • Entry rules:
    • Visa is EXEMPT but must apply for ROC Travel Authorization Certificate online before arrival
    • ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is free of charge, valid for 90 days, multipe-entry
    • If using an EXPIRED UK visa or residence permit, the visa or residence permit must have expired in the last 10 years
    • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
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Conclusion

So, there you have it! 35 countries and territories you can travel VISA-FREE with UK visa.

Do you know any other country (I haven’t listed here) that you can travel VISA-FREE with UK visa? Let me know in the comments below.

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