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Child Visitor Visa UK

The Child Visitor is now a part of the 'Standard Visitor Visa' category.

Applicants under the age of 18 years, who are seeking to enter the UK as a visitor, can apply for a Child Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to apply for the Child Visitor Visa, the applicant must be able to show that they want to visit UK for not more than six (6) months. They must prove that they can support themselves financially whilst in the UK and have every intention to leave UK at the end of their visit. They must show that suitable arrangements are in place for their travel to the UK, reception and care in the UK. Children who want to study in the UK for up to six(6) months can also apply under this category.

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Successful applicants can stay in the UK for a maximum period of six (6) months at one visit. During this period, they may be allowed multiple entries to the UK.

Applicants who visa nationals need an entry clearance to enter the UK as a visitor. A non-visa national does not require an entry clearance prior to their entry, they need to satisfy the Immigration Authorities at the port of entry that they are a genuine visitor and intend to leave UK after their visa. Non-visa nationals may wish to apply for a visa where they are in doubt about their admissibility; for example, they may have been refused a visa / entry in the past, and should not be discouraged from applying.

There is no specific limit on the number of visits an applicant can make to the UK, such as a definitive rule which states that a visitor can only remain in the UK for ‘6 months in 12 month period’ rule. But visitors must not be living in the UK for extended periods because of frequent, successive visits and they cannot live in the UK on a continuous basis even if this is punctuated by short absences from the UK to avoid overstaying.

Visit visas are normally valid for six (6) months, one (1) year, two (2) years and five (5) years. The visas are valid for unlimited journeys within the validity period of the visa. However, applicants of visit visas may only remain in the UK for a maximum of six (6) months on any one visit, or until the visa expires if less than six months.  Applicants may not remain (without further permission) in the UK after the “valid until” date on the visit visa, even if this is less than six (6) months.

Applicants are not allowed to enter or stay in the United Kingdom to receive free medical treatment from the NHS (National Health Service). They should ensure that they have enough medical insurance to cover their stay.  However, the following NHS treatments are free of charge:-

  • Treatment given in an accident and emergency (A&E) department or in an NHS walk-in centre that provides services similar to those of an A&E department;
  • Treatment for certain infectious diseases (but for HIV/AIDS, only the first diagnosis and counselling that follows it are free);
  • Compulsory psychiatric treatment; and
  • Family planning services.

On a visitor visa, applicants may be able to register with a General Practitioner (GP) in their area and receive free treatment. The GP can decide whether or not to register them. They may not be able to receive the full range of hospital treatment, because they must be a permanent resident or have lived here for a year to qualify for it.

Applicants will have the following conditions attached to their leave:  

  • No recourse to public funds;
  • Intend to leave UK after the end of your stay;
  • No intention to work; or produce goods or study (unless a student visitor).

Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area making certain applications to the Home Office have to apply for a biometric residence permit. This applies to both postal applications and applications made in person (known as ‘premium applications’). The biometric residence permit is a residence permit which holds a migrant’s biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints), and shows their immigration status and entitlements while they remain in the UK. This also means that a UK visa will no longer be stamped in applicant’s passport and all applicants will be issued one of the new Biometric visa cards instead.  These cards look very similar to a (pink) UK driving license except they have a microchip on the back.

Applicants who wish to extend their stay in the UK by post, the Home Office will send them a letter asking them to enrol their biometrics after the Home Office have received their application. Applicants will be able to enrol their biometric information one of the Post Offices offering this service across the UK using their walk-in service.

Applicants who are submitting their application in person can do this at one of the Public Enquiry Offices by using the premium service. Applicants will enrol applicants’ biometric information at the same time as making their application.

For application submitted overseas, the applicants have to provide their biometric enrolment at one of the Visa Facilitation Centres. However, they will continue to receive a sticker (vignette) in their passport.

In line with the Home Office service standards for processing UK visa applications, they decide 90 per cent of the applications within 3 weeks, 98 per cent within 6 weeks and 100 per cent within 12 weeks of the application date.

Applicants apply for the Same Day at one of Public Enquiry Office (PEO) in the UK; the application is normally decided on the same day.

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UK Child Visitor Visa overview

A Child Visitor Visa allows someone under 18 to travel to the UK. This type of visa falls under the Standard Visitor Visa category and is valid for up to six months. Children can use the visa to study short courses, compete in or attend competitions, visit tourist attractions, visit friends/family or attend an event or program, amongst other permitted activities. 

If you (or your child) are applying in this category, you must be able to prove that you have suitable arrangements during the stay, including accommodation and care. 

What is permitted on a child visitor visa?

A Child Visitor Visa allows holders to:

  • Stay in the UK for up to six months
  • visit family and friends, tourist attractions and participate in recreational activities
  • attend short courses or educational programs, such as language courses or cultural exchanges
  • attend events or competitions, including sports events or cultural festivals.
  • receive private medical treatment whilst in the UK, if required
  • access private foster care

Child Visitor Visa restrictions

Certain activities are prohibited under the conditions of a child visitor visa in the UK. It is not permitted to: 

  • Work (Children aged 16 and above who are permitted to work by law in the UK are not allowed to work on this visa.) If they wish to work while they study, some work is permitted on the points-based Child Student Visa.
  • Study in full-time education
  • Access public funds
  • Live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits
  • Switch to another visa type during the child’s time in the UK

If you/your child wants to study in the UK longer than six months, you can apply for other visa options like a Child Student Visa (previously tier 4) under the points-based system.

Child Visitor Visa eligibility

To be eligible to come to the UK on a Child Visitor Visa, you must be able to show that you (or your child):

  • are under the age of 18 years at the time of applying
  • have a parent or guardian in your home country who is accountable for care and can offer their address and landline contact number
  • have suitable arrangements in place (i.e. for travel, accommodation, care, maintenance, etc.) and can disclose full details of adequate arrangements including enough money
  • can provide details of return or onward journey
  • if accepted on a course of study, are at a learning institute, independent school or recreational course that is on the register of education and training providers. It cannot be state-funded.

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Our team of highly qualified lawyers can assist you with your application for a Child Visitor Visa. They can also support with other UK visas, including Family Visitor Visas and Standard Visitor Visa applications. Alternatively, if you plan a longer trip or live and study in the UK, our experts can assess your eligibility and complete your application to the highest standard.

Your lawyer can perform a comprehensive document check and produce a supporting Letter of Representation. This support Letter highlights the merits of your case, references your supporting documentation and cites UK immigration law in support of your application.

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Child Visitor Visa Fees

A UK Child Visitor Visa costs £115. It must be paid at the time of application and is usually non-refundable. Longer-term visas are also available under the Standard Visitor Visa category. These still only permit stays of up to six months at a time but allow for multiple entries for terms of 2, 5, or 10 years.

How to apply for a UK Child Visitor Visa

The application for a Child Visitor Visa involves several steps:

  • Online Application : Complete the online visa application form on the UK GOV website and apply online
  • Prepare Documents : Gather all necessary documents for a strong application
  • Visa Appointment : Schedule and attend an appointment at a visa application centre to submit biometric information (fingerprints and photographs). This may be submitted online, but in some cases, you may need to provide supporting documentation and biometric information in person. 
  • Submit Application : Submit the completed application form and supporting documents online or at the visa application centre.

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What documents are needed for a Child Visitor Visa?

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of parental or guardian consent
  • Evidence of the purpose of the visit (invitation letter, course details, etc.)
  • Financial documents showing sufficient funds for the stay without needing public funds
  • Details of suitable arrangements, including travel, care and accommodation

Visa processing time

A Child Visitor Visa for the UK is usually processed within three weeks of submission. Processing times can vary depending on your country of residence and the time of year. In rare cases, it can take longer than three weeks. The visa fee is non-refundable, even if your application is refused or does not arrive in time, so it is advised to apply in good time. You can apply up to 3 months in advance. 

For urgent applications, priority processing is available using the following options:

  • Priority Processing: Within 5 working days. £500 additional payment.
  • Super-Priority Processing: Within 24 Hours. £1000 additional payment

Priority processing is only available in some application centres if you submit your application in person, so it is best to check if your centre uses this service. You must pay for priority processing when submitting your application, which is unavailable later. 

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Can a child travel alone?

Child Visitors must have a valid Entry Clearance which identifies the adult accompanying the child visitor or states that the child visitor is unaccompanied.

If they do not have proof that they can travel alone, the Child Visitor Visa will only be valid if the named adult physically escorts the child. 

Travelling with an adult is required unless permission is granted. In such circumstances, it is typical that documentation needs to be provided with a permitted person picking the child up at the UK border if no parent or guardian is present. Airline policies and procedures must also be met. 

Many airlines run an Unaccompanied Minor Service, though the age permitted varies (some may permit over 5s, and others over 14s, etc.), so it is worth checking with your airline if you plan to let your child travel alone. 

Depending on the airline, a staff member will escort the child from check-in to the plane, or a parent may receive a pass to accompany the child to security or the departure gate. During the flight, staff will take care of the child. Upon arrival, the child will be escorted to the parent or guardian waiting to collect them, who must provide ID. These services typically incur an additional cost and must be booked in advance. 

For a child to travel alone, they must satisfy the same rules and eligibility requirements as above, and some additional requirements are:

  • having written consent from your parent or guardian and complete details of accompanying adults identified by the parent’s guardians and the Home Office.
  • providing your host’s name, birthdate, address, and their consent for your stay.
  • notifying the relevant local authority or authorities. This is required if under 16 (or under 18 with a disability) staying over 28 days with someone other than a close relative. This is not necessary if part of a supervised group or school group accompanied by a teacher for visits of over 28 days.

How can IAS help?

At IAS, our expert advisers can help assist and support you through each stage of your visa application process.

Our services include:

  • advising you on your child’s eligibility under the UK immigration rules;
  • assessing and collating your documents, ensuring they are sufficient for the application;
  • professionally completing and compiling all necessary paperwork;
  • producing a tailored Letter of Representation highlighting the merits of your case, referring to supporting documentation and citing UK immigration law;
  • liaising with the Home Office until a decision is reached.

Contact us now on 0333 363 8577 or use our online contact form to speak to one of our immigration lawyers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can i extend a child visitor visa.

If you (or your child) visit the UK as a child visitor, you can only stay for a maximum of six months. If you were granted leave to enter the UK for three months, this will be noted in your passport.

You can use the FLR(O) application to apply for a child visitor extension.

You are not allowed to stay in the UK as a visitor for more than six months, and you are expected to return to your home country when your visa expires.

How do I appeal if my application is rejected?

If you are visiting a close family member, you may appeal a decision to refuse entry clearance. An immigration officer will tell you which family members qualify for this appeal.

We recommend you apply for Entry Clearance in your country of residence before travelling to the UK.

Do I need to pass an English Language Test to be eligible to apply for a Child Visitor Visa?

No—with a visa in a visitor category, you will not have to prove a knowledge of the English Language or take the Life in the UK Test.

But your course may have independent English Language requirements if you are studying here.

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Child Visitor Visa UK

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By Amar Ali, Immigration Solicitor

The UK child visitor visa (part of the UK Standard Visitor visa route) is for overseas nationals under the age of 18 who wish to visit the UK for up to 6 months. This visa enables holders to spend time in the UK on holiday, visit friends and/or family, attend a recreational course, receive private medical care, or do a short course of study.

Not everyone needs a visitor visa to come to the UK. Therefore, it is important to check if you (or your child) require a visitor visa before applying 1 . UK child visitor visa holders can travel with or without an accompanying adult. However, the child visitor visa eligibility requirements do vary slightly, depending on whether the child is travelling with an adult or alone, as will explain in this article.

It may be possible to stay for longer than 6 months, but only if receiving medical treatment. See our UK medical visa article for more information. For stays of longer than 6 months, other visa options are available, including the UK student visa, UK child (family) visa, and child dependent visa .

UK Visitor Visa requirements for a child

To qualify for a child visitor visa as a person under the age of 18, applicants must:

  • Intend to come to the UK for up to 6 months and leave at the end of their stay
  • Have suitable arrangements in place for their travel and stay while in the UK
  • Have sufficient funds to pay for their return or onward journey
  • Have sufficient funds to support themselves while in the UK without the need to work, seek help from public funds, or have family and friends that can provide this support

Child visitor visa applicants will also need to meet additional requirements depending on whether they are coming to the UK with an adult or alone, as follows:

Child travelling alone to the UK

Children travelling alone to the UK without an adult (i.e. a person over the age of 18) must have written consent from their parent or guardian to travel to the UK unaccompanied. The applicant’s parent or guardian must also provide:

  • Their full contact details
  • The address where the applicant will be staying
  • The name, contact details, and date of birth of the person the applicant will be staying with in the UK
  • Details of the relationship between the applicant and the person they will be staying with in the UK, and
  • Written consent for the applicant to stay with that individual in the UK

The rules also state that if the person the child will be staying with in the UK is not a close relative, the parent, guardian or school of the applicant must inform the relevant UK local authority about the visit if the applicant:

  • Is under 16 or under 18 and they have a disability, and
  • Is going to be looked after for more than 28 days by someone who is not a close relative (i.e. private foster carer)

To prove that the relevant local authority has been informed, the application should include a letter of response from the local authority.

Please note the same rules that apply to children travelling alone also apply to those coming to the UK for an educational exchange visit of more than 28 days. This does not apply, however, if the child is part of a group that will be travelling and staying together whilst in the UK (e.g. in the case of a school group travelling to the UK) or if they will be accompanied in the UK by an adult (e.g. a teacher).

It is also important to note that the rules for unaccompanied children coming to the UK on a visitor visa are different for those travelling to Scotland and Northern Ireland 2 .

Child travelling with an adult to the UK

If the child is travelling with an adult to the UK, the child’s visitor visa application will still need to include a letter of consent confirming that their parent or guardian is happy with their travel and accommodation arrangements. It is important to note that even if the child does not require a child visitor visa to come to the UK, evidence of this consent will still be needed on arrival in the UK.

If the child is travelling to the UK with an adult who is not their parent, details of that individual must be provided in the child visitor visa application. It is possible to provide the name of up to 2 adults whose names will then appear on the child visitor visa. The child visitor visa UK guidance notes state that the accompanying adult/s can apply for their visa at the same time as the child, but this must be a separate application. In addition, where the child visitor visa holder arrives at the UK border without a person named on their visa, they must show a letter of consent from their parent or guardian agreeing to their travel and accommodation arrangements.

UK Child Visitor Visa Application Process

The process of applying for a UK child visitor visa can be completed online as follows:

  • Check if a child visitor visa is needed before applying using the Home Office online visa checking service 3
  • Complete and submit the online UK child visitor visa application form 4 - you can apply up to 3 months before you travel to the UK
  • Pay the child visitor visa UK fee of £100
  • Book and attend an appointment at your nearest UK visa application centre (to have your photo taken and fingerprints scanned, i.e. your biometrics)
  • Upload any UK child visitor visa documents required to support the application

The information and documents you need to provide with the child visitor visa application may include:

  • Date of arrival in the UK
  • Accommodation address in the UK
  • Letter of consent from parents agreeing to travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Estimated costs while in the UK
  • Current home address and duration of residence there
  • Name and date of birth of parent/s
  • Details of any criminal, civil or immigration offences
  • Name, address and passport number of family members in the UK

In most cases, you can expect a decision on a child visitor visa within 3 weeks. If you need a faster decision, you may be able to pay an extra fee to use the priority processing service, depending on which country you are coming from.

How can Reiss Edwards help?

Reiss Edwards specialises in all aspects of UK visitor visa applications, including child visitor visas. Our immigration solicitors can:

  • Prepare and submit your child’s visitor visa application on your behalf
  • Advise on a range of questions (e.g. can a child go to school on a visitor visa?)
  • Explain the long-term visa options available for stays of longer than 6 months
  • Handle the extension of your visitor visa if you are in the UK receiving medical treatment
  • Handle any queries raised by UKVI on your behalf, and a refusal of a child visitor visa application

For assistance with any aspect of applying for a child visitor visa, please speak to our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 020 3744 2797 or by email at [email protected] .

1 GOV.UK: Home Office visa online checking services

2 GOV.UK: Visit guidance

3 GOV.UK: Home Office visa online checking services

4 GOV.UK: Online child visitor visa application form

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Traveling to Europe with kids? What to know about vaccination and entry rules

Sasha Brady

Mar 31, 2022 • 9 min read

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Do children need a booster for travel in Europe this summer? Can unvaccinated children travel? Here's what you need to know as the European Union (EU) introduces flexible travel rules for people under the age of 18.

Across the EU, tourists who completed their primary jabs more than 270 days ago need a booster to enter countries such as France , Spain and Italy  — or be considered unvaccinated and therefore subject to additional rules such as testing.

This recommendation was introduced by the European Commission (the legal arm of the EU) on February 1 under the EU Digital COVID Certificate regulation . Most EU member states adopted it, though some, such as Ireland , Denmark and Sweden , have since scrapped all COVID-19 entry requirements at their borders.

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This week, the Commission introduced new rules on the EU digital COVID certificate that exempt children under the age of 18 from the 270 days acceptance period following the primary vaccination series. This means that children are considered fully vaccinated after having received their primary dose; whether that's a two-shot vaccine series or a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

By April 6, this new feature will be included in the mobile app used to verify EU Digital COVID Certificates so that children's certificates remain active without the booster.

In a statement, Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: "One of the biggest benefits of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is its flexibility to adapt to new circumstances. Following discussions with member states' public health experts, we have decided that the vaccination certificates of minors should not expire. When travelling, they will be able to continue using the certificate received after the primary series of vaccination."

This exemption applies to EU and Schengen Zone citizens and residents traveling within Europe, though some countries can adopt their own entry restrictions regardless of the Commission's ruling.

If you plan to travel to Europe with kids this summer, here's what you need to know about the latest entry rules and how they apply to you, even if you're traveling from countries outside of the EU like the UK and the US.

Can unvaccinated children travel to Europe?

Generally speaking, yes. Children under 12 are typically exempt from vaccination requirements in most countries but many require that children between the age of 12 and 18 have received the primary vaccine course to avoid testing rules.

What countries in Europe have scrapped COVID-19 entry restrictions?

Andorra , Denmark, Hungary , Lithuania , Iceland , Ireland, Montenegro , Norway , Poland , Romania , Slovenia , Sweden, and the United Kingdom have recently dropped all pandemic restrictions at their borders, meaning people no longer have to show vaccination certificates or negative tests to enter these countries, regardless of where they are coming from.

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Countries in Europe with travel restrictions

Here are some of the destinations in Europe that still require proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test from travelers.

People over the age of 12 need one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory 270 days after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days); or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

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Generally, people traveling from the EU/Schengen area can present proof of vaccination (booster mandatory 270 days after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days) or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (36 hours) test.

People from outside the EU or an area categorized as high-risk must present proof of vaccination. Children under 18 can present proof of recovery or a negative test. Children under 12 are exempt.

Belgium's rules vary depending on the COVID-19 risk associated with your departing country.

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People need one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory 270 days after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days); or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing. Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

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People over the age of 12 need one of the following: proof of vaccination (booster mandatory seven months after primary vaccine course) or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test. People also have to take a PCR on arrival and isolate while awaiting results.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing. Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

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People must present proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after primary vaccine course) or recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days) to bypass additional restrictions. Unvaccinated travelers from the EU and approved countries including the UK and US must isolate for seven days upon arrival.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from entry rules.

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People traveling from the EU, Schengen Zone or approved countries including Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Korea can present one of the following: proof of vaccination; recovery certificate (older than 28 days, but no less than three months old) or a PCR (48 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.

People traveling from outside the EU, including the UK and the US, must be vaccinated to enter Germany. Unvaccinated 6-11 year olds can enter with a vaccinated parent; unvaccinated accompanying over-12s can provide a negative PCR or antigen test.

See more: Government of Germany

People traveling from the EU, US, UK, Canada, Australia, and other approved countries need to present one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory seven months after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days); or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

Children under five are exempt from all entry requirements. Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

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There are no entry rules for those traveling from the EU and Schengen Zone countries. However, people coming from third countries such as the UK and the US must provide proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after primary vaccine course) or recovery certificate (issued within the past six months).

Children born in 2007 or later are exempt if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

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People must present one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after a primary vaccine course) or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test.

Children under 12 are exempt. Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

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People need to present one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory seven months after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days); or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test.

Children under the age of six are exempt from testing. Boosters are not required for those under 18 to be considered fully vaccinated.

See more:  Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

People over the age of 12 need one of the following: proof of vaccination (second dose administered at least 14 days prior to travel); recovery certificate; or negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test.

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People need one of the following: proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past six months); or a negative PCR (48 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt.

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People must present proof of vaccination with a booster to travel to Malta. 

Children between the ages of five and 11 must present a negative PCR test (72 hours). Children under five are exempt.

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Netherlands

There are no entry rules for people traveling from the EU/Schengen area or countries participating in the EU travel rules scheme. People from elsewhere, including the US and UK, must present proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory 270 days after primary vaccine course) or a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days but no earlier than 11 days).

Children under 12 traveling to the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area must show a negative PCR (48 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

See more: Government of Netherlands

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People traveling to Slovakia must show proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after primary vaccine course).

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People traveling from the EU can show proof of vaccination (boosters mandatory nine months after primary vaccine course); a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days) or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (24 hours) test.

People traveling from outside the EU must show proof of vaccination or recovery only (unless traveling to Balearic Islands where proof of vaccination is mandatory).

Children under 12 are exempt from vaccination requirements. Unvaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds can present a negative PCR (72 hours) test.

See more: Spain Ministry of Health

Switzerland

People traveling to Switzerland must show proof of vaccination ( booster mandatory 270 days after primary vaccine course) or a recovery certificate (issued within the past 180 days). 

Children under 18 are exempt.

See more: Switzerland Travel Check

Most people need to present one of the following: proof of vaccination; a recovery certificate (issued within the past six months but no less than 28 days); or a negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test.

Children under the age of 12 are exempting from testing.

People from high-risk countries are subject to stricter rules including quarantine if they're unvaccinated.

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A UK Child Visitor visa, also known as a Standard Visitor visa allows children under the age of 18 to visit the UK for a short period of time (6 months).

To make a successful UK Child Visitor visa application, you must meet all the Standard Visitor visa requirements and submit all the supporting documents.

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A UK Child Visitor visa is a type of short-term visa that allows children under the age of 18 who live outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to visit the UK for a maximum period of 6 months.

This visa is designed for children who want to travel to the UK for sightseeing, visit family and friends, study or receive medical treatment.

Please note that a Child Visitor visa does not allow the child to work or study for a course that is longer than 30 days or in a state-funded school. Additionally, the child cannot switch to another visa category from within the UK and must leave the UK at the end of their visit.

To apply for a Child Visitor visa in the UK, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be under the age of 18 on the date you apply.
  • Purpose of the visit: You must be visiting the UK for a maximum of 6 months for a specific reason such as studying, taking a holiday or receiving medical treatment.
  • Length of stay: The maximum length of stay is up to 6 months.
  • Financial support: You must have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK.
  • Accommodation:  You must have suitable accommodation in the UK, with a responsible adult to take care of you.
  • Parental consent: You must have permission from your parents or legal guardian to travel to the UK.
  • Intention to return: You must show that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit.

There are additional requirements, depending on whether you will be travelling to the UK with an adult ('accompanied') or without an adult ('unaccompanied').

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

What documents are required for a UK Child Visitor visa?

To apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa as a child (under 18), you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A completed visa application form.
  • A valid passport or travel document.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs.
  • Your travel itinerary, including flight details.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your visit.
  • Evidence of accommodation arrangements in the UK.
  • You must provide evidence that you have ties to your home country and that you plan to return after your visit to the UK.
This is a general list of documents. Depending on type of application and your personal circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out the required list of documents in support of your application.

The processing time for a UK Student Visitor visa can vary depending on the country where the application is made and the time of year.

Generally, the Home Office (UKVI) aims to process most visitor visa applications within 3 weeks . However, some applications may take longer to process, especially if they require additional administrative processing or if the applicant has a complex case.

Check the latest information about the UK visit visa application processing time on the GOV website.

The fee for a UK Visitor visa can vary depending on the type of visa and the length of stay. You can also find the latest UK visitor visa fees on the GOV website .

How much does a UK visitor visa application cost?

The cost of a UK Visitor visa application varies depending on the type of application you are applying for and lenght of the stay.

Here are some common costs associated with applying for a UK Visitor visa:

  • £120 Standard Visitor visa application fee
  • Immigration lawyer fees (if using legal services to boost your chances of success & avoid mistakes)
Please note that the above is a general list of costs associated with UK Visitors visa applications. There may be additional costs depending on your circumstances.

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Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the UK Visitor visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.

At Rex Law Chambers, our immigration lawyer charges a fixed fee between £800-£1000 for our complete legal services in relation to your Visitor visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • advise you about eligibility criteria and the requirement;
  • provide you with a comprehensive checklist of supporting documents;
  • fill in and submit your Visitor visa application;
  • check all the supporting documents;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in their correct format and order;
  • schedule your biometrics appointments;
  • prepare a cover letter or letter of representation to support your application;
  • dealing and responding to any enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office (UKVI);
  • do all the follow-up work on your visa application until a decision is received from the Home Office (UKVI).
Contact our experienced and friendly immigration lawyer on 0161 989 9370 or fill in our enquiry form to get reliable & confidential immigration advice and legal assistance with a UK Visitor visa application or any other immigration matter.

Here are some commonly asked questions about UK visitor visas:

Can I switch from a visitor visa to another visa in the UK?

In most cases, it is not possible to switch from a UK Visitor visa to another type of visa from within the UK. The UK government's immigration rules state that visitors are not allowed to switch to another immigration category from within the UK unless they have specifically been granted permission to do so.

How much bank balance required for UK visitor visa?

There is no specific minimum bank balance required for a UK Visitor visa. However, applicants are required to provide evidence of their financial status and ability to support themselves during their stay in the UK.

The amount of money required can vary depending on the purpose and length of the visit, as well as the applicant's personal circumstances.

As a general guideline, applicants should have enough funds to cover their travel and accommodation expenses, as well as their daily living expenses during their stay in the UK.

Do you need a lawyer to apply for UK Visitor visa?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Standard Visitor visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Call us on 0161 989 9370 or fill in the enquiry form to get legal advice or help with your UK visa application. Our UK immigration lawyer is ready to assist you.

At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has a wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

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Do children need to be vaccinated or have a PCR test to travel? Holiday entry requirements for UK under-18s

As the summer break approaches, many families will be interested to find out if their children require tests or the vaccine to travel abroad.

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Britons are desperate to go on holiday and as the rules keep changing it can be hard to keep track of what’s required before heading abroad.

As the summer break approaches, many families will be interested to find out if their children require tests or the vaccine to travel to their favourite holiday destinations.

The vaccine is only available to over-18s , meaning travel with children could get complicated.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Do children need a test or vaccine to travel?

The answer depends on where you are going. Here are the rules for each green list destination.

Before travelling to Anguilla you will need prior approval from the Government’s Health Team. This can be applied for online on the Government’s  Covid-19 website . 

As of July 1st only fully vaccinated (last dose administered 21 days before arrival on island) visitors will be granted entry permission to Anguilla.

Families with fully vaccinated adults and under 18s who are not vaccinated will be exempted.

You will not need to self-isolate on arrival.

However everyone must provide evidence of a negative PCR test taken three to five days before the planned date of your arrival. Rapid PCR tests and rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. You should arrange to take a private test. You will also be tested on arrival 

Unvaccinated minors or pregnant women will be required to take a further RT-PCR test four days after arrival, but will not need to self-isolate.

  • Antigua and Barbuda

The Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda are not saying that you need a vaccine to get in.

Instead, all passengers 12 years and older arriving by air in Antigua and Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. Home tests are not permitted.

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Under 12s do not need a negative test.

Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in their private homes or at a government facility will be allowed to move around the country but are required to wear a monitoring bracelet according to the Quarantine Authority regulations.

Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.

  • Balearic Islands

From 12am on 2 July, the Spanish Government now requires all arrivals over 12 to Spain from the UK to present either evidence of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

The test can be a PCR or antigen test, and must be taken within 48 hours before our arrival in Spain.

If you are using your vaccination status, you must have received your second jab at least 14 days before travel.

If you live in England, Spain will accept the NHS Covid Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, Spain will accept your respective NHS letter.

Under 12s do not need a test or a vaccine.

All travellers including children must present with a negative Covid-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 3 days in advance of your flight’s arrival. 

All passengers are also required to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel, to which they should upload their negative test result via  Travel Form . The BIMSafe app can also be used.

Both adults and children do not need to be vaccinated to get in, however, people who are unvaccinated will be quarantined at approved facilities at their own expense and will be required to undergo a second PCR test five days after arrival.

Children under the age of two do not need to have a COVID-19 PCR test or a Travel Authorisation to travel to Bermuda.

All visitors, two-years-old and older, must apply for and complete a Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorisation one to three days prior to arriving in Bermuda in order to travel to the island. Failure to do so could result in repatriation to the gateway city.

All over-twos who are unvaccinated and arrive in Bermuda must quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel at their own expense for 14 days. Travellers may apply for an exemption. If you receive an approved exemption from the hotel, you must quarantine at a residence for 14 days and test on day 14. 

All visitors must have a negative pre-arrival PCR Covid-19 test taken four days before arrival in Bermuda. The requirements for a valid test can be found at  https://www.gov.bm/are-you-unimmunised .

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Vaccinated adults with a valid negative, pre-arrival Covid-19 PCR test result must quarantine until they receive a negative result from their arrival Covid-19 PCR test. Vaccinated travellers without a valid negative, pre-arrival Covid-19 test result must quarantine until they receive a negative day four Covid-19 test.

  • British Antarctic Territory

Before travelling to the British Antarctic Territory, and the wider continent of Antarctica, you may need a  valid permit  which your travel company may obtain from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in London.

  • British Indian Ocean Territory

This is not a tourist destination and there are no commercial flights to here. Access to Diego Garcia is only allowed for those on pre-authorised official duty. 

British Virgin Islands

If you live in England, the British Virgin Islands will accept the NHS Covid Pass or your NHS letter to demonstrate your  Covid-19 vaccination status . 

If you live in  Scotland  or  Wales , they will accept your respective NHS letter to demonstrate your Covid-19 vaccination status.

Effective 15 June, travellers who have been fully vaccinated with the final dose administered at least 14 days before travel can enter the BVI by sea through the Road Town Jetty; Soper’s Hole Dock, West End; Dog Hole Dock, Jost Van Dyke; and St Thomas Bay Dock, Virgin Gorda.

Partially vaccinated travellers (those that have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, or whose final vaccine dose was administered less than two weeks before arriving in the Territory) are only permitted to enter the BVI through the Road Town Jetty and the T B Lettsome International Airport.

Everyone entering the Territory will be subject to pre-approval and testing and quarantine protocols.

Where fully vaccinated persons are travelling with one or more unvaccinated children:

  • Children aged 5-17 will be tested on arrival;
  • Children will remain with their parents/guardians while awaiting their test results;
  • Unvaccinated children will be required to return to a testing centre for a further test on day four.

Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. Anyone seeking to enter or exit Brunei must apply for a permit from the Prime Minister’s Office at least 8 working days before the intended date of travel

Cayman Islands

Airports in the Cayman Islands are closed to all scheduled inbound and outbound international passenger flights until further notice. The Cayman Islands Government has contracted with British Airways and Cayman Airways to provide a limited service with the UK, USA, Jamaica, Cuba and Honduras.

Only people, who have been pre-authorised may currently enter the Cayman Islands and they are subject to mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days, if they are unvaccinated against Covid-19, or 10 days if they are fully vaccinated, in a government facility or pre-approved home isolation.

Testing of children under 5 years of age will be exempted, except for children of families with positive cases, and children who are traveling unaccompanied.

Arriving passengers must complete an  online questionnaire  24 hours before arrival, and everyone must have a PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival. This result must be uploaded and submitted with the questionnaire so that your arrival can be approved by email from the Dominican Ministry of Health. Without this email you will not be allowed to board the flight coming into Dominica.

On arrival people will have a pinprick Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT). If the RDT is negative, then you will have to self-isolate in a government-operated or government-certified facility for five days before having a further PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at the traveller’s expense. Further information can be found via  https://discoverdominica.com/en/travel-advisory-for-dominica .

If the PCR test is positive a 14-day quarantine will be necessary, in a government facility at your expense. 

The results of the second PCR test are likely to take at least 48 hours. Once a negative test  is received you will have to spend the next seven days inside their own accommodation and monitor their temperature. You can still go on managed tourist activities but with strict supervision from certified operators.

Falkland Islands

Current visitor restrictions mean tourists are not permitted to visit the Falkland Islands, including via cruise vessels.

Faroe Islands

Until 31 August 2021 all passengers 12 years and older are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in the Faroe Islands.

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This also applies to vaccinated travellers, previously infected people and Faroese citizens and residents returning from abroad.

For children under 12 testing at the border is optional and free of charge.

Entry requirements to Gibraltar depend on whether you are fully vaccinated or not, the countries you have visited in the 10 days prior to your arrival, and whether they are on the green, amber or red lists.

See the  Government of Gibraltar Technical Notice  which sets out entry requirements in full.

All travellers must pre-book approved accommodation for quarantine on arrival, pre-pay for Covid test, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and obtain a negative Covid PCR test result within 3 days of travel, including children. Link to full details is on  Ministry of Health website . These rules are subject to change and should be checked regularly.

People who can show proof of full vaccination – two weeks after the second dose – will be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative result from a PCR test, administered on entry, and paid in advance. 

If you arrive on a yacht you must pre-register with  Sailclear  and complete quarantine on your yacht before being allowed to enter the country. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, non-essential travel by British citizens from the UK/other non EU/EEA country to Iceland is only permitted if you:

  • are resident in Iceland, or
  • can adequately demonstrate you have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or previously recovered from COVID-19 infection

Children who are 16 years or older need to undergo testing at the border, quarantine for 5 days and have a second test as above unless they are fully vaccinated.

Children born in 2005 or later do not need to have a PCR test at the border and are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate on arrival. If you are travelling with a child, and need to be quarantined, so will the child. The child will be released from quarantine if your second test on day 5-6 is negative. Children travelling alone do not need to quarantine.

All travellers, including children, arriving from abroad will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure to Israel. All incoming passengers must also complete an inbound passenger statement within the 24 hours prior to departure to Israel. Foreign nationals must also have an entry permit. You should submit all requests for permission to enter Israel directly to the Israeli Embassy in London.

Passengers who are not vaccinated, recovered, or who have visited Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico or Turkey within 14 days prior to arrival are required to enter isolation. Travellers who were vaccinated or recovered outside of Israel must also enter isolation, but can apply for an exemption if they take a serological test and test positive in an accredited Israeli laboratory

Under 12s are exempt from Covid travel rules when traveling with an adult.

But all travellers over 12 years old must:

Complete and submit a traveller questionnaire . If you are travelling with a child aged 12 or under, you must include their details in your questionnaire

FILE PHOTO: People sit at an outdoor restaurant as restaurants and markets reopened for business after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations reached 60% of the adult population, in Valletta, Malta May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

Take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire; or Obtain a Covid-19 vaccination status certificate. See ‘Demonstrating your Covid-19 Vaccination Status’ below.

On arrival in Madeira you will be asked to show your RT-PCR Covid-19 test certificate if you have not uploaded it with your passenger questionnaire, or your Covid-19 vaccination status certificate.

If you are unable to show one of these certificates you will have to take a Covid-19 test on arrival and remain in government – provided accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.

Malta requires all those arriving from the UK to have proof of full vaccination. 

Children aged 5-11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardian and must show evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, dated within 72 hours before arrival. 

Children under 5 do not need a test. 

Children aged 12+ will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination. But the UK’s current vaccination programme does not cover the under 18s.

Currently, only the Maltese vaccination certificate is a valid certificate accepted by the Maltese Authorities. As from the July 1, the UK (2 dose certificate) and the EU digital Covid vaccine certificate will be accepted as well.  

Resident permit holders, Montserratians (plus dependents) and a few limited other categories of people are allowed to enter Montserrat.

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The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.

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Visas aren’t required, but you must apply to the Commissioner for permission to land on the Islands before you travel regardless of your nationality or mode of transport

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All air arrivals (except from Ascension) to St Helena are required to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before travelling to the island. They are also subject to compulsory quarantine for 10 days and will be tested on arrival and at the end of quarantine. The only exception are individuals travelling from Ascension who have been resident for 14 days or more prior to travel.

There are no other entry restrictions in force and foreign nationals are permitted to enter St Helena provided they meet the immigration rules

Turks and Caicos Islands

Arrivals at the Turks and Caicos Islands are required to obtain pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands  Assured Portal , including children.

This requires evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken less than five days prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands, proof of health/travel insurance with Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire.

Which countries are on the green watchlist?

The below countries were added to the list on Wednesday 30 June and all but Malta were put on the green watchlist, meaning their status is being monitored and could change more readily.

  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 

What are the green list rules?

If you’re returning from a green list country, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test  before departure and have proof of a negative result
  • Book a test for day two after your return
  • Complete a passenger locator form

You do not need to quarantine unless your day-two test is positive, or  NHS Test & Trace says you travelled with someone who has tested positive.

But as ever you should always check what the situation is with your destination country. 

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Are you embarking on a journey to the United Kingdom with your child? If so, the UK Child Visitor Visa, nestled within the UK Standard Visitor visa route, is designed for overseas nationals under 18 who wish to explore the UK for up to six months. This blog serves as your go-to resource, detailing the ins and outs of this visa and ensuring a seamless travel experience for you and your young explorer.

The UK Child Visitor Visa, a component of the broader UK Standard Visitor Visa pathway, caters to individuals below the age of 18 seeking a visit to the UK lasting up to six months. This visa allows holders to enjoy a stay in the UK for various purposes, including holidays, visits to friends and family, participation in recreational courses, receiving private medical care or undertaking a short course of study.

Not everyone necessitates a Visitor Visa to enter the UK. Therefore, it is imperative to verify whether a Visitor Visa is required before initiating the application process. Holders of the UK Child Visitor Visa can travel with or without an accompanying adult. However, eligibility requirements for the Child Visitor Visa differ slightly depending on whether the child is travelling with an adult or alone.

While it may be feasible to stay beyond six months for medical treatment, for stays exceeding six months, alternative visa options should be considered, which include the UK Student Visa, UK Child (Family) Visa and Child Dependant Visa.

Child Traveling Alone to the UK:

Children traveling solo to the UK, without an adult (i.e. a person over 18), must obtain written consent from their parent or guardian. The applicant’s parent or guardian must also provide:

  • Full contact details.
  • Proof of a suitable place to stay in the UK, including the address where the applicant will be staying, the name, contact details and date of birth of the host in the UK.
  • Details of the relationship between the applicant and the host, along with written consent for the stay.
  • If the host is not a close relative, the parent, guardian or school, they must inform the relevant UK local authority about the visit, if the applicant is under 16, or under 18 with a disability, and they will be staying with a distant relative for more than 28 days.
  • It is essential to note that the same rules apply to children travelling alone for educational exchange visits of more than 28 days, unless they are part of a group or accompanied by an adult.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to  contact us  for advice, send us an  e-mail , or, alternatively, follow us on  X ,  Facebook ,  In stagram , or  LinkedIn  to stay-up-to-date.

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18 things to do in London before you’re 18

London is amazing. And there are experiences you can have in the city that will stay with you for the rest of your life. These are the ones we suggest ticking off before becoming a grown-up.

Been there, done that? Think again, my friend.

1.  See London from a stunning viewpoint

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See London from a stunning viewpoint

London is huge. I mean, it’s galactically flipping enormous. You need to get your tiny mind around this as young as possible, to know that there is endless wonder in this city. The best way to do this is with Up at The O2 , who’ll help you clamber over the mighty venue. It’s pretty steep for little legs, but no pain, no gain, kids. Oh, and you’re clipped on, so you won’t slide off into the river or anything. Once on top, gaze at the towers of the City, the Thames rolling towards its estuary, the hills rising to the north and south and London stretching westwards, for ever.

Ages 9-plus and a minimum of 1.2m tall. From £30.

2.  Blow something up at Wonderlab

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Blow something up at Wonderlab

Don’t believe the haters, science is awesome. Look at Dr Frankenstein, Bunsen Honeydew and that bloke in ‘ Despicable Me ’. The Science Museum’s Wonderlab is the perfect place to get hands-on and disrespectful with the forces of nature. Get involved with explosive demonstrations, test friction on their indoor slides and watch a lighting bolt strike from a giant Tesla coil. They’ll call you insane, but one day you’ll rule the world.

Ages six-plus. From £6 .

3.  Pretend you’re a pirate

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Pretend you’re a pirate

Piracy – though illegal under international law – is a perennially popular career path for youngbloods. They also like tents. The Diana Memorial Playground offers both, with a giant wooden landlocked pirate ship and some tipis, and tons of other stuff to clamber around. More sophisticated kids could do a kind of historical mash-up involving the native peoples of North America and a lot of bloodthirsty cutthroats from Devon. Yar!

Ages 0-12. Free.

4.  Swim like an Olympian

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Swim like an Olympian

The London 2012 Olympics showcased our city to the world, and inspired a whole new generation of athletes. Young swimmers must try the pools in the breathtaking London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. It’s a cathedral to water sports, with 50-metre pools and amazing diving facilities. What you really want to check out, though, is Extreme Aqua Splash, a 40-metre assault course, where you get to clamber over stuff, leap about shrieking and all the other things they don’t let you do in normal swimming pools. #legacy.

Extreme Aqua Splash is recommended for kids over eight who are competent at swimming 100m. £4.95-£7.50.

5.  Rock out at an instore gig

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Rock out at an instore gig

Okay, your first gig will be Katy Perry in a big shed somewhere, accompanied by your dad looking bored. But your first proper gig should be at Rough Trade East . Shows have no age restrictions and some are at lunchtime, so be anti-cool and go in yer school uniform. Seeing four deafening spotty herberts flail around a shop is your passport to a hipster future, my child.

Various dates, times and prices, including free shows.

6.  Go to a sleepover with a massive extinct lizard skeleton

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Go to a sleepover with a massive extinct lizard skeleton

If you’re the kind of kid who frets at night that there’s a monster in the corner of the room, get over yourself at Dino Snores sleepovers at the Natural History Museum. They guarantee that there will be several monsters in the room, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of prehistory’s nastiest pieces of work. The chills continue with torchlight trails, and bedtime is a very civilised midnight. Not that you’ll be sleeping very much...

Ages seven-11. £120 (for one adult and one child).

7.  Be freaked out by a bunch of mummies

Be freaked out by a bunch of mummies

The ancient Egyptians were a strange lot. They worshipped jackals, wrote in pictures and built enormous pyramids out in the desert, just because they could. Strangest of all, though, was the way they preserved dead people. The British Museum ’s mummy collection is a creepy treat for kids: human bodies, thousands of years old, wrapped in bandages and put in boxes. If that doesn’t freak you out enough, they pulled out their internal organs with hooks and put them in little jars. Erk.

8.  Let off steam at a family rave

Let off steam at a family rave

You’re never too young to go raving: the lurid clothes, the daft dances, the repetitive beats – any toddler will feel right at home. Big Fish Little Fish are club events for the most junior of bass junkies, plus they have great facilities, play areas and craft sessions for when cargo-panted mums and dads get all tired and fractious.

Various venues and dates. See www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk for details. Ages 0-8. Prices vary.

9.  Catch the Hogwarts Express

Catch the Hogwarts Express

If you’ve been bitten by the wizardy Potter bug, you absolutely can’t miss the famous Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross. A place of Instagram pilgrimage, it features a luggage trolley comically disappearing into a wall, and a gaggle of aspiring Hogwartians selfieing away. Tip: don’t actually try and run through the wall. You’ll end up in A&E, which is a place for Muggles, if ever there was one.

King’s Cross station,  N1 9AL. Free.

10.  Try your hand at zookeeping

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Try your hand at zookeeping

Feed the monkeys, see how tall you are next to a giraffe and shovel up tons of shit! If you’re a kid who loves animals, you should definitely be pestering a parent to make you a Junior Keeper at London Zoo . It’s pretty ace, and like a proper job, except you only have to do it for a day. Instead of FOR EVER.

Ages 11-15. £170 per child.

11.  Scoff a futuristic ice cream

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Scoff a futuristic ice cream

Chin Chin Labs are your classic mad scientists: they love billowing clouds of liquid nitrogen, which they use in all kinds of great stuff. The Brownwich ( £5.45) is their ice cream sandwich, and you want one.

12.  Bounce around gothically

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Bounce around gothically

There are a lot of weird things about ‘ The Idol ’ . It’s a soft play space in Barking: so far, so normcore. But it’s also the brainchild of Turner Prize nominee and eccentric art lady Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: a monochrome installation of slides, bumpers and ladders that looks like something out of ‘The Addams Family’. Fave user comment from the Time Out site: ‘Psychologists should contact these people’. Sold!

Ages 0-12. £1.50-£5.80.

13.  Stay up till dawn at an all-night film screening

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Stay up till dawn at an all-night film screening

Staying up all night is great, and staying up all night in a cinema is super-great. The Prince Charles Cinema is famous for its brilliant programme, singalongs (‘Moana’, ‘Frozen’) and most of all for its all-nighters. There are fantastic ones for (older) kids, like all eight Harry Potter films, back-to-back. Take many snacks.

Various dates, times and prices.

14.  Hit a six at Lord’s

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Hit a six at Lord’s

Every kid wants to be a footballer. What they should want to be is a cricketer. Cricket is the best game in the world because: 1) It only happens if the weather’s nice. 2) There are tea breaks. 3) Most of both teams can sit/lie down for a lot of the match. 4) The clothes are cool. The best place on God’s earth to see cricket is Lord’s . And at the Nursery Ground they hold free children’s activities. Go on the last day of a Test match (often a school day, but hey: it’s what He would want).

From £10.

15.  Go wheeeeeeeee! down the world’s highest slide

Go wheeeeeeeee! down the world’s highest slide

Good old Carsten Höller. The German artist took one look at Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture-tower thingy and said what everyone else was just thinking: ‘That would be so much better if it had a massive slide right from the top.’ Then he went and did it. The world’s tallest and longest (178m) slide is a mind-bending experience and will probably be the best 40 seconds of your life until you hit 16 or so.

Ages eight-plus. From £10.50.

16.  Snorkel with real sharks

Snorkel with real sharks

Forget swimming with dolphins and other placid sea creatures. Kids know that sharks are what you want, and at Sea Life London Aquarium , you can actually get in the water and snorkel with the razor-toothed brutes. Both sharks and kids are machines designed to eat unrelentingly and at all costs, so they have a natural affinity, and this is an amazing experience.

No min age: children must be at least 1.3m tall. £130.

17.  Play LaserTag in a bunker

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Play LaserTag in a bunker

There are loads of secret places in London left over from wars and things. You can’t get into most of them, but that’s not the case with Bunker 51 , a nuclear shelter that’s been turned into a LaserTag and paintball arena, with a chilling military vibe. First good thing: kids as young as eight can go paintballing here. Second good thing: if a nuclear apocalypse happens during your day out, you’ll be safe as houses.

Ages six-plus for laser tag. Ages eight-plus for junior paintball. Ages 12-plus for regular paintball. £6.50-£75.

18.  Zip into town

Zip into town

Billing itself ‘The biggest, fastest city zip wire in the world’, Zip World London is an exhilarating-slash-petrifying plummet from a 100-foot-high tower adjacent to Lambeth Palace. If you’re eight and over, you can hurtle earthwards while admiring some of London’s best-known landmarks and possibly soiling yourself. It’s only here till October, so get cracking.

Ages eight-plus. £16.50-£22.50.

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When you travel to the UK, you are given the unique experience of seeing one of the most incredible places in the world. Embedded into the world's history as one of the oldest countries, the UK is a country that serves as one of the most prominent world powers.

Some will need a visa to visit the UK. Generally, the standard visitor visa covers just about every type of visit including academics, business, tourism, etc.

In order for those under 18 to apply for the visa and travel alone, their legal guardians will need to give additional documentation to validate the trip: written consent, contact details, the name and date of birth of the person you will be staying with, address of where you will be staying, details of your relationship to the person who'll be looking after you. Your visa application will also need to indicate if you are traveling alone or with adults. Up to two adults can be put on your application. If you are a traveler under the age of 18, you must meet certain requirements: suitable arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK, consent from your parent or guardian, ability to pay for your return or onward journey, and proof of financial assets or help to support your stay.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do i need to submit for an application if i am under the age of 18 and i am travelling alone.

When applicants under the age of 18 apply to travel alone, their legal guardians will need to provide the following on your visa application :

  • Old travel documentation
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of employment
  • Proof of educational enrollment
  • business registration documents
  • Proof of intended business activities
  • Birth Certificate
  • A copy of your parent(s) or legal guardian's details page of their passport
  • Written consent
  • Contact details
  • The name and date of birth of the person you will be staying with
  • Address of where you will be staying
  • Details of your relationship to the person who'll be looking after you

What is the max stay placed on this visa?

Currently, the United Kingdom limits a max stay of 180 days in Total for the standard visitor visa.

When Will My Standard Visitor Visa Expire?

Your visa will expire in 180 days after issued

How Long Does Processing Take for the application?

The speed at which your visa application will process will depend on the processing speed you choose:

  • Standard: 30 days
  • Rush: 30 days
  • Super Rush: 30 days

How Much Does the Standard Visitor Visa Cost?

The cost of your visa will depend on the processing speed of your application:

  • Standard: USD $412.99
  • Rush: USD $413.99
  • Super Rush: USD $417.99

Is Multiple Entry Allowed with the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa?

The current policy enforced by the UK allows Multiple Entry for the standard visitor visa.

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An overseas person, who wants to move to the UK with children under 18, overseas UK residents who want their children to join them, or a student who wants to or already is studying in an institute in the UK, must read this ‘UK visa information for children under 18’s’ to get their visa.

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A person under the age of 18 before the date of application for a visa is classified as a child. There are various types of United Kingdom visas for children, as further discussed in ‘UK visa information for children under 18’s’ providing the mandatory details about them. These visas are:

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  • Child dependent visa
  • Child visit visa
  • Child study visa

UK Under 18’s Visa Requirements

General requirements for a UK visa for children under 18’s include the basic evidence to prove the age of the children requiring the visa and their relationship with parents (if children are accompanying their parents or going to join any of the parents residing in the UK. But if the child is travelling alone or with a person other than the parents, or travelling on a child study visa , there will be a need for written consent from the parents.

Also, the financial requirements should be satisfied. In the case of a child visit visa, child family visa and child dependent visa, parents have to provide evidence about their financial resources to prove that they can financially support the child.

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Child Family Visa for the UK

A child family visa for the UK is the visa that allows the dependent children and the primary visa applicant to apply for entry to the UK, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Requirements for child family visa for the UK

  • The child must be under 18 at the time of application 
  • The child must not be married
  • Applicants shouldn't have an independent family
  • Applicants shouldn't be financially independent

Child Student Visa for the UK

A child student visa is for those who are between 4 and 17 years of age and are studying at a school/ universty in the UK . When we go into detailed information about eligibility criteria, it suggests that although children aged between 16 to 17 can apply for a child student visa , yet they will need sponsorship from a registered sponsor.

Requirements for a child student visa for the UK

  • Proofs of parents/guardians' consent to study in the UK
  • A child should meet the financial requirements 
  • Proofs of ability to read, write, understand, and speak English 
  • At the time of application, the child must be under 

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Child Visit Visa for the UK

This UK visa allows a child under 18’s to visit the parent in the UK or to accompany one parent to visit the partner in the UK.

Requirements for child visit visa for the UK

  • While applying for this visa, a child must be under 18 
  • With a child visit visa, children can visit the parent even if the accompanying parent is having a different type of visa. 
  • If children have written consent from parents, and all the care and reception arrangements are taken care of, they can visit with another adult or can visit alone.

Child Dependent Visa for the UK

Child dependent visa is a derivative visa that allows the dependent children of a primary applicant, meeting the eligibility criteria, to apply for entry clearance. A parent can be an overseas national or going to the UK or already living in the UK.

Requirements for a child dependent visa for the UK

  • Evidence to satisfy that children are less than 18 years old at the time of application
  • Evidence to prove the relationship with parents
  • Financial evidence of parents to prove that they will take all financial responsibilities of the child

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The Application Process for Under 18’s UK Visa 

Here is complete visa information to guide you about the application process for an under 18’s child visa for the UK. It starts with filling out an application form either online or physically.

General Eligibility Criteria for UK child visas

  • The child must be under 18 while applying
  • Parent as an applicant should be married or have a civil partnership
  • The child must be dependent on the parents 
  • Applicant must be financially independent
  • Proofs of proper residential requirements for a child in the UK must be provided 
  • For a child study visa, English language skills must be proficient

Required documents for the UK under 18’s visa 

  • Passport of an applicant with an empty page to affix the visa
  • Two fresh photographs were taken at the application centre
  • Proofs of applicant and child’s age
  • Proofs of sole responsibility of the child
  • Evidence about residential requirements in the UK
  • Sometimes, there may be a need for a DNA test
  • Evidence of required English language skills
  • Financial evidence 
  • Proofs of the relationship with the other parent living in the UK

How to Apply for the UK Under 18’s Visa

After getting in-depth knowledge of 'UK visa information for under 18’s' , the application process gets too easy. First, you have to submit a visa application, and then the dues are paid.

After application and fee submission, the child will need to visit the overseas visa application centre to verify the biometric details. According to the route of application, the child may need to show the documents to satisfy the criteria.

Application processing time for the UK under 18’s visa

After application, the visa processing time may be reaching 8 to 12 weeks if you apply within the UK either by post or by the online route. In the case where you apply in person, you will get a response within a day. The application process can be delayed if you don't meet the requirements such as;

  • Not meeting the financial criteria
  • Not being able to prove English language skills if applying for a child study visa 
  • Have any kind of criminal record
  • There are some missing documents

So, all the above mentioned mistakes should be avoided during visa application and visa interview . Once the child visa application for the UK is approved, you will get a biometric residence permit. Applicants must apply for an extension before the date of visa expiry. For more visas, you can check  ‘ UK visa information  for under 18’s’  at our site.

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The General Election in Britain has thrown up in the air the question of whether the United Kingdom will challenge Karim Khan KC’s application to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for arrest warrants for Israeli leaders.

On May 20, Khan, a British jurist and chief prosecutor at the ICC, applied to the court to issue arrest warrants against three Hamas terrorist leaders, but also against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, for alleged war crimes in Gaza.

The UK’s left-wing Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that the new Labour government was likely to drop the challenge posed to the ICC by the previous government.

Former British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives were overwhelmingly defeated on July 4 after 14 years at the helm. The ICC had accepted their legal challenge to Khan’s application, with the UK’s full report due by July 12, just eight days after the election.

However, the new Labour government has challenged the Guardian report, saying their position on the proposed arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Gallant is “under review,” the Jewish Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

The ICC has now reportedly extended its deadline for the UK’s final decision until July 26.

David Lammy is due to embark on his first visit to the Jewish state as UK Foreign Secretary on Monday. Ahead of the visit, the preparatory diplomacy has included the need to address recent media reports, with officials saying the Guardian story was “not accurate.”

In the British Parliament on May 20, after the ICC prosecutor requested the warrants, the respective Conservative and Labour positions were made very clear.

“As we have said from the outset, we do not think that the ICC has jurisdiction in this case,” said Andrew Mitchell, then-deputy foreign secretary. “The UK has not recognized Palestine as a state, and Israel is not a state party to the Rome statute.”

Mitchell responded very sensitively, as the occasion closely followed the release of the “ awful video ” by Hamas, showing British Israeli hostage Nadav Popplewell, who was subsequently confirmed to have been killed.

Lammy, on the other hand, said his party’s position was to comply with the ICC.

“Labour believes that the UK and all parties to the Rome Statute have a legal obligation to comply with orders and warrants issued by the court,” he said. “Democracies who believe in the rule of law must submit themselves to it.”

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the U.S. is putting pressure on the new UK government to maintain the position of the Sunak government, and continue to challenge the ICC.

“The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in May, adding that there was “no equivalence – none – between Israel and Hamas.”

“The United States fundamentally rejects the announcement today from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that he is applying for arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials, together with warrants for Hamas terrorists,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also stated at the time.

“We reject the Prosecutor's equivalence of Israel with Hamas. It is shameful. Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization that carried out the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and is still holding dozens of innocent people hostage , including Americans.”

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 29, when the meeting readout covered gratitude to the U.S. for its proposed sanctions on the ICC.

Responding to Khan’s application, the Israeli prime minister gave a lengthy video statement on May 20.

“The outrageous decision by the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan, to seek arrest warrants against the democratically elected leaders of Israel is a moral outrage of historic proportions. It will cast an everlasting mark of shame on the international court.   

“Israel is waging a just war against Hamas, a genocidal terrorist organization that perpetrated the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust. Hamas massacred 1,200 Jews, raped Jewish women, burned Jewish babies, took hundreds hostage.  

“Now, in the face of these horrors, Mr. Khan creates a twisted and false moral equivalence between the leaders of Israel and the henchmen of Hamas. This is like creating a moral equivalence after September 11th between President Bush and Osama Bin Laden, or during World War II between FDR and Hitler."

“What a travesty of justice! What a disgrace!"

“The prosecutor’s absurd charges against me and Israel’s defense minister are merely an attempt to deny Israel the basic right of self-defense. And I assure you of one thing: This attempt will utterly fail."

“Eighty years ago, the Jewish people were totally defenseless against our enemies. Those days are over. Now the Jewish people have a state and we have an army to defend our state."

“Notwithstanding the blood libels Mr. Khan has leveled, Israel will continue to wage this war in full compliance with international law. We will continue to take unprecedented measures to get innocent civilians out of harm’s way and to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those in need in Gaza."  

“Mr. Khan also sets a dangerous precedent that undermines every democracy’s right to defend itself against terror organizations and aggressors. The ICC has no jurisdiction over Israel and Mr. Khan’s actions will not stop us from waging our just war against Hamas."

“But Mr. Khan’s abuse of this authority will turn the ICC into nothing more than a farce.

“He’s doing something else. He is callously pouring gasoline on the fires of antisemitism that are raging across the world. Through this incendiary decision, Mr. Khan takes his place among the great antisemites in modern times. He now stands alongside those infamous German judges who donned their robes and upheld laws that denied the Jewish people their most basic rights and enabled the Nazis to perpetrate the worst crime in history."

“Two weeks ago, on Holocaust Memorial Day, I pledged this: No amount of pressure and no decision in any international forum will prevent Israel from defending itself against those who seek our destruction." 

“To all the enemies of Israel, including their collaborators in The Hague, I renew that pledge today. Israel will wage our war against Hamas until that war is won. Because never again is now.”

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The Crossbow Act 1987 only makes it illegal to buy, sell, hire, or possess a crossbow if you are under 18. A number of deadly crossbow incidents in recent years have sparked calls to bring them under similar licensing rules as guns.

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Carol Hunt, the wife of racing commentator John Hunt and their daughters, Louise and Hannah Hunt, were discovered with "serious" injuries at a house in Bushey at around 7pm on Tuesday.

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They were declared dead at the scene shortly after, with Hertfordshire Constabulary launching a public manhunt for 26-year-old ex-security guard Kyle Clifford the next morning.

He was caught by police on Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Royal London Hospital, with Sky News pictures showing him being stretchered out of Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield.

Police have said they believe the three women were killed with a crossbow.

A number of deadly crossbow incidents in recent years have sparked calls to bring them under similar licensing rules as guns. Here Sky News looks at what the law says.

What is a crossbow?

A crossbow is a short-range weapon that fires arrow-like projectiles - known as bolts or quarrels - from a frame called a tiller.

Medieval in origin, they are operated in a similar way to a long gun.

They are used in archery and were previously used in a hunting context - although this is now illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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The Crossbow Act 1987 only makes it illegal to buy, sell, hire, or possess a crossbow if you are under 18.

Beyond that age, you do not need a licence to own one - as is required with guns.

However, if you are found with one in public "without a reasonable excuse" you face a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Following a number of incidents, the previous government ordered a review of crossbow legislation.

The Home Office said they were used in fewer than 10 killings between 2011 and 2021, but that it is "clear that when used as a weapon, they pose a risk".

It launched an eight-week consultation on them in February, which concluded in April, but the general election has prevented the evidence being acted upon until now.

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Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said she is being kept fully updated about the inquiry into the "truly shocking" deaths.

Meanwhile, a Home Office spokesperson said: "We keep legislation under constant review and a call for evidence was launched earlier this year to look at whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced.

"The home secretary will swiftly consider the findings to see if laws need to be tightened further."

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In 2018, Shane Gilmer died after he and his pregnant wife Laura Sugden were attacked with a crossbow by their neighbour Anthony Lawrence.

Shane Gilmer and Laura Sugden. They were attacked when a man broke into their home with a crossbow in 2018. Shane was killed.

He broke into their home in East Yorkshire, killing Mr Gilmer and injuring Ms Sugden, before he was found dead.

Miraculously, the couple's unborn daughter survived.

Mr Gilmer's inquest saw the coroner raise concerns about the lack of controls on the weapons.

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Ms Sudgen said earlier this year: "There's nothing I would love more than to see some kind of guidance brought in around crossbows. It's scary to think that anybody can just get hold of them over the age of 18 and I feel like it's the last thing that I can do for Shane, to try and push for them to be brought in line with firearms."

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Tourists have been warned the Italian city is going through a monumental facelift ahead of a likely 32 million tourists for the 2025 Roman Catholic Holy Year.

The Vatican holiday is putting Rome’s antiquated infrastructure under enormous strain.

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Taking advantage of the event, a special celebration traditionally held every quarter of a century, Rome has pooled billions of euros of state and European funds to overhaul tourist sites, transport hubs, parks, streets and even its rubbish bins.

The frenzy of work has snarled traffic, to the fury of residents, and left some visitors this summer feeling short-changed as they weave their way through myriad building sites, but Mayor Roberto Gualtieri promises it will all be worth it.

“This is an unmissable opportunity to make structural changes ... and transform Rome,” Gualtieri told Reuters this week. “We are going to get a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative city that enhances its extraordinary heritage.”

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A record 3,200 public construction works are under way, he said, including 322 projects that are deemed essential for the Jubilee, such as the creation of what Gualtieri promises will be “one of the most beautiful squares in the world” by the Vatican.

“We knew work was going on, but we didn’t realise there would be quite so much. It is a bit of a bummer,” said Tom Pagano, a tourist from Sacramento, California, visiting a sun-drenched Rome with his wife and daughter .

“I guess there is so much to see here that you can always find something that isn’t covered in scaffolding,” he added.

The scheme involves shifting a major road junction underground and workmen are pulling overnight shifts to complete the project by December 24, when Pope Francis is due to open St. Peter’s bronze Holy Door and inaugurate the Jubilee.

During a Jubilee, Catholics can obtain special indulgences, or remission of their sins, if they fulfil certain conditions and do good works or make pilgrimages.

The city council has marshalled 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in special Jubilee funding from the state as well as some 3 billion euros from post-pandemic EU funds.

A view shows a construction site in Piazza Pia near the Vatican as major works for the 2025 Roman Catholic Church's Jubilee year are underway across the city in Rome

It has also put together financing for a further 4 billion to complete Rome’s third metro line, which will connect the city’s two main basilicas - St. Peter’s and St. John Lateran - and dissect the heart of the art-rich centre.

One of Rome’s busiest squares, Piazza Venezia, has been largely closed to traffic since the start of the year as a specially designed, 185-tonne hydro cutter begins digging an 85-metre deep (280 feet) ring that will eventually encase the new Metro C station, just down the track from the Colosseum.

Before any serious construction can start, workers will have to sift through the top 20 metres of earth, which is known to contain archaeological remains, while ensuring that nearby churches and palazzi don’t suffer subsidence.

Underscoring the old adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Piazza Venezia station will not open for a decade.

Workers are seen at the subway station construction site in central Piazza Venezia in Rome, Italy

“It is true that 10 years seems like a lot compared to the timelines for work in Madrid or London, but it is also true that in these stations we are not only handling the engineering but also the archaeology,” said project manager Andrea Sciotti.

The existing metro lines are undergoing major renovations to ensure they can handle the expected crowds, with two of the busiest stations, including that serving the Spanish Steps, about to close for a revamp.

The city is temporarily replacing trams with buses to allow for work on a new tram depot, while visitors arriving at the main railway station are greeted by mesh fencing and clouds of dust as the adjoining bus terminal gets a badly needed new look.

The intense activity has also engulfed tourist attractions. All of Piazza Navona’s three fountains, including the celebrated Fountain of Four Rivers, are boarded up for restoration, likewise the Renaissance fountain in front of the Pantheon.

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  • Euro 2024 final - England v Spain - Olympiastadion Berlin - Sunday, 8pm UK time 

British Airways today confirmed two more flights will operate from London to Berlin on Sunday as England fans race to the German capital for the Euro 2024 final.

The first of the airline's new flights which leaves Heathrow Airport at 7.50am and arrives in Berlin at 10.40am sold out in less than two hours of going on sale today.

The second flight, on an Airbus A320 leaving Heathrow at 1.50pm and arriving in Berlin at 4.40pm, is still on sale with economy seats for £613 and business for £781.

This economy price is more than five times the cost of flying the same route on Tuesday, when it is just £123 single. It is also nearly eight times the cost of the cheapest BA flight on that same route next month, which is £78 on August 28.

BA said the extra two flights on Sunday mean that BA has added nearly 30 per cent extra capacity from Heathrow, and follows a 1,000 per cent increase in searches for flights to Berlin on the airline's website on Wednesday night after the semi-final.

Extra capacity has been added for fans to return on Monday, with one BA flight left at €696 (£585) which leaves Berlin at 6.25pm. There are also two flights on Tuesday, one leaving at 8pm for €890 (£748) and a second leaving at 9pm for €696 (£585).

By Wednesday, a Berlin to Heathrow BA flight falls to €246 (£207), and then €175 (£147) on Thursday. The cheapest next month is £71 on August 23, 24 and 29.

Neil Chernoff, BA's chief planning and strategy officer, said: 'It's a huge game and everyone at British Airways hopes England can get over the line and bring it home.'

Other fans are looking at getting to Berlin by rail, with Trainline revealing bookings to Berlin surged 825 per cent on Wednesday.

Some 83 per cent of the purchases for the entire day made from the start of the second half of England's semi-final onwards.

Sakshi Anand, Trainline's UK general manager, said: 'Football may be coming home, but it seems after Wednesday's historic victory fans are flocking in the other direction.

'Our data clearly shows as the match progressed, fan optimism grew, and many started to book trains to Berlin, as they go all out to see England's shot at glory.'

Meanwhile easyJet has one seat left between London and Berlin before the final, which is currently £918 on the 7.30pm departure from Gatwick on Friday.

This is 13 times the cost of flying on Wednesday next week, when it is £68. And it is 23 times the cost of flying on the cheapest day next month, which is August 29 when it is £39.

All of easyJet's other flights to Berlin from Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Luton and Gatwick between today and the match are now fully booked.

An easyJet spokesperson said: 'Since the final whistle last night easyJet has seen an increase in demand for flights to and from Berlin.

'Although we don't artificially put fares up, our pricing is demand-led. This means that as quick-thinking football fans booked seats the lower priced fares sold out.'

All of Ryanair's 21 flights from UK airports to Berlin between today and the final are sold out.

Hotel prices in Berlin have also rocketed. A one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre East P-Berg costs £345 on Sunday night, but just £105 seven days later for the same type of room.

The Courtyard Berlin City Centre is charging £606 for Sunday night in its cheapest available room, but only £137 the following Sunday when more basic rooms are on sale.

Many supporters who have not already purchased a match ticket are unlikely to obtain one as the game is sold out on Uefa's website.

A limited number of tickets were made available to England Supporters Travel Club members who have been to a number of previous England matches.

Extra British Airways flight to Berlin sells out in under two hours

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How Britain voted in the 2024 general election

Adam McDonnell

Using a sample of over 35,000 voters, YouGov looks at how voters voted at the 2024 election across factors like age, gender, class, education, income, work status, housing tenure and their vote at past elections

How britain's age groups voted in 2024.

Age was a key dividing line in the last few elections, and the same is true for 2024 with younger voters being more likely to vote Labour and older voters more likely to vote for the Conservatives. The chance of someone having voted Conservative increases gradually with age with just 8% of under 30s voting this way, increasing to 46% of 70 year olds or older.

However, while previously there had also been a gradual decrease in the Labour share as age rises, in this election, around the same proportion of all age groups below 50 voted for Labour (41% to 46%). For the over 50s the proportion voting Labour decreases more steeply with 34% of 50-59s backing Labour, 28% of 60-69s and just 20% of those 70 or older.

The Liberal Democrats were backed similarly across age groups, the Green Party did a lot better with younger voters while Reform UK did better amongst older voters.

The median age of a Labour voter is now 46 and the median age of a Conservative voter is 63. For the Lib Dems it is 48, Reform UK 56, and Greens 39.

How men and women voted in 2024

Men and women voted very similarly to each other at the election with 34% of men and 35% of women backing Labour with the Lib Dems also receiving an almost identical vote share from men (12%) and women (13%). Slightly more women voted Conservative than men (26% to 23%) while more men voted Reform UK than women (17% to 12%).

When looking at just 18-24 year old voters, we find almost twice as many young women voted Green than young men (23% to 12%). Conversely, young men were more likely to vote Reform UK (12% to 6%) and Conservative (10% to 6%) than young women. There weren’t notable differences between men and women in other age groups, other than Reform UK doing better with men than women across the board.

How Britons voted in 2024 by education level

Education remains a strong indicator of how someone voted, with Labour doing a lot better than the Conservatives amongst those who have a university degree (42% to 18%). By contrast, the Tories performed marginally better than Labour amongst those whose highest level of education attained is GCSEs or lower (31% to 28%).

Reform UK also did significantly better amongst those with a lower level of education receiving 23% of the vote amongst this group, compared to just 8% amongst those with a higher level of education.

The opposite was true for the Lib Dems and Greens who did better amongst those with a higher education.

How Britons voted in 2024 by social grade

There is little difference in the Conservative and Labour vote share when looking at social grade. Both parties did slightly better with those from ABC1 voters than C2DE voters, but Labour comfortably outperformed the Conservatives amongst both voters in the higher social grade (36% to 25%) and lower social grade (33% to 23%).

Reform UK did a lot better amongst C2DE voters (20%) than among ABC1 voters (11%), while the Liberal Democrats did slightly better with those from a higher social grade (14% to 11%).

How Britons voted in 2024 by housing tenure

Those who own their house outright voted very differently to renters and those paying off a mortgage at the election. The most popular party among homeowners who are no longer paying a mortgage voted are the Conservatives, whom 37% backed compared to 25% who voted Labour.

In contrast, only 21% of those with a mortgage were more voted Conservative, with those who are renting privately or living in social housing being even less likely to do so (12%-14%).

Among these groups, the most popular party is Labour, with around four in ten (39-42%) having voted for Starmer.

Reform UK outperformed the Conservatives amongst those who are renting social housing, receiving 21% of the vote amongst this group to the Tories’ 14%.

Amongst those who rented privately, Labour (42%) received three times the vote share of any other party with the Lib Dems (14%), Reform (13%), Green (12%) and Conservatives (12%) all receiving a similar share of the vote.

How Britons voted in 2024 by work status and household income

When splitting by work status, it is only retired voters who backed the Conservatives over Labour, doing so by 41% to 23%. Workers backed Labour over the Conservatives by 39% to 20%.

Those with a higher household income were more likely to vote Labour than those with a lower household income. A third (32-34%) of those income groups below £50,000 voted for Labour compared to four in ten (40%) of those in household income groups making £50,000 a year or more.

The Conservative vote share was a lot more consistent across income groups, while Reform UK did better amongst those with a lower household income.

How Britons who voted at the 2019 general election voted in 2024

The Conservatives held onto around half (53%) of their 2019 voters at this election. A quarter (25%) switched to Reform UK, while one in ten (10%) voted Labour and 7% for the Lib Dems. In contrast, Labour held on to 71% of their 2019 voters, losing 10% to the Greens and 8% to the Lib Dems. Only 2% of 2019 Labour voters switched to the Conservatives.

While the Liberal Democrats achieved a similar vote share overall in 2024 as they did in 2019, their voter pool changed significantly with only half (49%) of their past voters sticking with the party. Three in ten (30%) switched to Labour, and 10% to the Conservatives.

How Britons who voted at the EU referendum voted at the 2024 general election

How people voted in the 2016 EU referendum still divides the public when it comes to voting in a general election. Half (47%) of those who voted to Remain in the EU voted Labour in this election with just 16% backing the Conservatives.

In contrast, Labour came third amongst those who voted Leave in 2016, achieving just 19% amongst this group. Both the Conservatives (37%) and Reform UK (28%) outperformed them. The Liberal Democrats did a lot better with Remain voters (17%) than Leave voters (7%).

When combining 2016 EU referendum and 2019 general election vote, we see that the Conservatives managed to keep hold of far more of their Remain voters (63%) than their Leave voters (51%). Three in ten 2019 Conservative+Leave voters (30%) voted for Reform UK.

Labour kept hold of similar numbers of their 2019 voters who voted Remain (74%) or Leave (69%). The Greens were the biggest beneficiaries of 2019 Labour+Remain voters, attracting 10% of this group, while the same proportion (10%) of 2019 Labour+Leave voters switched to Reform UK.

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