Information regarding visas is provided during the badging process for exhibitors.
How do I apply for a visa?
The visa section of your nearest British mission overseas will tell you about the ways in which you can apply. You can apply in a number of ways, for example, by post, by courier, in person and online.
Some visa sections will only accept applications made online. To find out if you can apply for your visa online please send your query to - email@example.com .
If you cannot apply online you will need to fill in a visa application form (VAF 1 - Visitor). You can get a form free of charge from your nearest British embassy overseas where there is a visa section.
What are visa application centres?
The visa application centers (VACs) are in largely populated areas, making it easier and more convenient for people to apply for a UK visa. They collect your bio-metric information (see below) along with the relevant fees, and provide unbiased, face-to-face advice on the application process, including whether or not you have included all the necessary documents. Entry clearance staff at the British mission will then consider your application and decide whether to issue or refuse your visa. VAC staff have no say in this decision.
What is 'bio-metric' information?
In all countries currently bio-metric information is part of the visa application process and you will need to submit this when making your application. This bio-metric information consists of scans of all 10 of your fingers and a full-face digital photograph.
You will have to go to the nearest Visa Application Center (VAC) in person to provide this bio-metric information. In those countries where there is no VAC, you will need to go to the British mission. Your visa applications will not be processed until you have provided the necessary bio-metric information. The finger scans are electronic so staff do not need to use any ink, liquid or chemicals. You will have your digital photograph taken at the same time and the whole procedure should take no more than five minutes to complete. You should make sure that you do not have any decoration (such as henna), or any cuts or other markings on your fingertips before having your finger scans. You should also make sure that if you have any cuts and bruises on your face, they have healed or disappeared before you have your photograph taken. Digital photographs must be of your full face and you should not wear sunglasses, a hat or any other head covering (unless you wear it for cultural or religious reasons but the face must not be covered).