How long can my girlfriend spend in the UK on UK visitors visa

UK tourist visas frequency of visits

If you and your Thai are regular visitors to the UK, then you may have some concerns about any limits that may be in place regarding the number of UK Tourist Visas that she can have. Sadly, there is no written rule regarding the number of visas that she is allowed. However, the British Embassy in Bangkok does try to be as transparent as possible and has some guidelines that they, unofficially, follow.



How long is a UK Tourist Visa valid for?


A UK Tourist Visa usually is valid for twelve months although your Thai girlfriend will only be able to spend a maximum of six months in the UK during that period. She would reasonably be expected to return to Thailand after her visit.


What can’t she do on a UK Tourist Visa?


Your Thai girlfriend will not be able to:

  • Participate in work either paid or unpaid
  • Have access to government funds
  • Live permanently in the UK


Will increased visits to the UK give her a better chance of getting a new visa?


If your Thai girlfriend wishes to spend six months in the UK and six months in Thailand on an ongoing basis, then you can apply for the following :

If you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa that lasts 2, 5, or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit. The British Embassy in Bangkok has no intention of stopping people who abide by the rules from visiting the UK. If your girlfriend has proven that she will consistently stick to rules, then she will be welcomed into the UK


General visitors visa guidance


UK tourist visas frequency of visits – a general visitor should not spend any more than 6 months out of 12 in the UK – standard visitors visa


How can Thai Visa Express Help?


Thai Visa Express is a team of professional immigration consultants who are always ready to assist you with your UK visa application in Thailand. We have over 15 years of experience dealing with UK visas & immigration daily, and we are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK. We offer a free 30-minute consultation from one of our designated caseworkers, contact us today.


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