Passports and visas

The UK National Agency is unable to provide information or respond to queries relating to the changes to the immigration rules that came into effect on 1 January 2021. As such you must refer to the UK Government guidance.  

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. New rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU came into effect on 1 January 2021. Read more on the UK Government website to get prepared.

For those travelling to the UK please be aware that you may need to meet specific requirements in respect of your visit. Erasmus+ participants travelling to the UK must refer their queries to the sending organisation responsible for organising their placement. You can also check if you need a visa. A healthcare surcharge may be part of the visa application process.

Be prepared

It may seem obvious but make sure that you have a valid passport before you travel. Some countries require that you have at least six months remaining on your passport so do check with the visa website of the country you are travelling to. If you need to apply for a new passport you should do so in plenty of time before you are due to travel.

Before you go

Make copies of all your important travel documents such as your passport and travel insurance, and keep them in a separate place to the originals. This way if you do lose any of them, it will be easier and faster to replace them. Leave copies at home too in case you lose the originals. Get a supply of ID photos to take with you as they are useful for things like student cards and bus passes when you are away.

Providing proof

Some countries stipulate a timescale in which you must get in touch with the authorities to let them know that you are in the country. You may also have to provide documents to them such as your passport, valid health insurance, proof of enrolment at your host institution, or proof from your host employer.

For youth exchange activities, it is the responsibility of the participating organisations to ensure all visas, where required, are in order before the planned activity takes place. International students should check with their sending organisation/institution.

Coming to the UK on T5?

All European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers coming to the UK need to apply to the British Council for a T5 certificate of sponsorship, before applying for a UK visa under the Points Based System.

All Erasmus+ students coming into the UK on a traineeship must also apply to the British Council for a T5 certificate of sponsorship before they obtain a visa to enter the UK under the Points Based System in order to take up their Erasmus+ placement in the UK.

Read more on T5 visas.

Stay safe

We recommend checking the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) guidance on vaccinations, health issues and safety precautions before you travel. Please observe the FCDO recommendations if they advise against all travel and contact your home institution about postponing your trip. Read more about insurance on our website.