Visa and Entry Requirements

Depending on where you are travelling from will determine whether you require a visa before you enter the UK

Prior to travelling

Make sure you have a signed, valid passport. Most countries require you to have a full 10 year passport. Your passport should be valid for a least six months after your expected date of return to your country of residence and have at least two blank pages to allow room for visa stamps.

Delegates from certain countries will require a visa before entering the United Kingdom. These are available from either your nearest High Commission or one of their regional commercial partners.

High Commissions in all Commonwealth countries have been made aware CPC 2011, but delegates will have to follow normal visa application procedures as the CPC 2011 team will not be able to assist with visa applications.

Delegates should make visa applications at least six weeks before travelling.To find out whether you are required to obtain a visa please visit the UK Borders Agency website. 

On arrival

When you enter the UK a Border Agency Officer will scan your passport and check your landing card and details to make sure you have the right to enter the UK. The officer may ask you for more information about your visit to this country before giving you permission to enter.

Forms (landing cards)

You will have to complete a landing card which must be fully completed for each passenger who has a passport issued outside the EU or EEA.
Please give your:

  • Family and given names
  • Birth details and gender
  • Nationality and actual occupation
  • Full contact address while you are in the UK, including the postcode. If you are staying at more than one place, please give the address where you will spend most of your time. This will be for the majority of delegates: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT, United Kingdom.
  • Signature

Banned or restricted goods

There are certain goods that you are not allowed to bring into the UK under any circumstances, and some goods that are restricted.

Related links

The UK Border Agency considers applications for permission to enter the UK through our visa services around the world. Apply here for a visa to come to the UK

Information on custom restrictions on buying or bringing in goods from abroad