Visa Requirements

We are very pleased to invite all our international delegates to the WFH 2018 World Congress in Glasgow. Before planning your trip to the United Kingdom (U.K), make sure you have all the appropriate travel documents. Note that the passport you hold determines whether or not you need a visa to travel to the U.K.

The guidance that the WFH provides comes from the U.K. Home Office website and will help you learn about the visa process in general. Please ensure that you have the proper documentation when making your travel plans so that you do not experience difficulties or delays in your arrival.

Please note that all delegates are responsible for all their visa application related expenses. This includes application fees, and potential consultation fees via email or phone.

Plan ahead

Foreign travelers coming to the U.K. to conduct temporary business—for example attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference—may require a visitor visa. If you are not sure if you require a visa for the U.K., please check on the U.K. government website at

Standard Visitor visa

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the U.K. for leisure, business, or for other personal reasons (such as receiving medical treatment). Under such visa, you cannot do paid or unpaid work, live in the U.K. for long periods of time through frequent visits, get public funds, nor can you marry or register a civil partnership.

The earliest you can apply is three months before your travel. You should receive a decision on your visa within three weeks. To find out how long receiving a visa might take, check the U.K. government website.

For application fees and information on all the required documentation, please visit:

UK Visa Application

  • Make sure you have ready all supporting documents.
  • You must apply and pay online for the visa using the link at:
  • You will be asked to book a biometric appointment with one of the visa application centers at the end of the online application and pay the visa application fee
  • On the day of your appointment you must go in person to the chosen visa application center with your passport, printed application form, and any other supporting documents. You will also be required to give your biometrics: a digital photograph and fingerprints.

Travel insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance may be required to obtain the visa.

We encourage all Congress participants and accompanying persons to consider travel and medical insurance before or when booking your trip to Glasgow. Insurance can cover a loss incurred in the event of cancellation, medical expenses, or damage to or loss of personal effects.


The WFH 2018 World Congress is supported by the Glasgow City
Council and VisitScotland

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