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Sports Visa UK: Your Gateway to Participate in UK’s Thriving Sports Scene

The United Kingdom, renowned for its sports culture, offers a unique type of visa – the Sports Visa UK. This visa allows individuals to visit the UK for sports-related activities, whether it be for participation, sponsorship, or coaching.

Why Opt for the UK Sports Visitor Visa?

Securing a UK sports visitor visa opens up avenues for international sportspersons to engage with the dynamic sporting community in the UK. From participation in tournaments to attending meetings and interviews, the sports visitor visa paves the way for a wide range of sporting activities in the UK.

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Who Can Apply for a Sports Visa UK?

In order to apply for a sports visitor visa, individuals must prove they are coming to the UK for a specific purpose related to their sport. This could include participating in a competition, training, or making personal appearances. Applicants must also demonstrate they intend to leave the UK within six months and have enough funds to support themselves during their stay.


Supporting documents for the UK sports visa should include invitation letters from the organisation, club or team in the UK that is sponsoring you.

As a sports visitor visa applicant, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a genuine reason for visiting the UK, can maintain and accommodate yourself during the visit and have sufficient ties to your home country to show the authorities that you have an intention to leave the UK. Although you may be sponsored by a third party, the Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) will consider your own personal circumstances too

It is permitted to apply for UK sports visas with a validity period of; 6 months, 2 years, 5 years or 10 years with varying applicable fees. However, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has discretion and may issue a visa with a shorter validity period than applied for. Usually UK sports visit visas are valid for multiple entries to the UK during the validity period indicated on the vignette. 

The maximum time permitted to stay in the UK at any one time is 6 months. Sports visits must however not lead to living in the UK through frequent and successive visits. As a starting point, the individual should not spend more than 6 months in the UK in any rolling 12-month period, although this is a guide only and not stated in the immigration rules. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry has the authority to make an assessment on the individual’s intentions which can lead to sports visitor visas being cancelled and refusal of entry to the UK.

It is not possible to add dependant family members to a UK sport visitor visa application.  However, they may submit their own application which will usually be processed at the same time as the ‘main applicant’.

All applications submitted in accordance with the UK Standard Visitor Rules must be made from outside of the UK.

UKVI aim to process sports visit visas as follows:

Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

  • Standard processing: 15 working days
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working days


Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available at the time of application.

The UKVI application fees are as follows:

  • Up to 6 months: £115
  • Up to 2 years: £400
  • Up to 5 years: £771
  • Up to 10 years: £963

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require. Please see the options below or contact us for further information.

Simplifying Your Sports Visa UK Application

At Immtell, we understand the complexities of applying for a sports visitor visa. Our team of immigration experts is on hand to guide you through every step of the process, from preparing your application to post-submission follow-ups. We take the stress out of visa applications so that you can focus on your sporting endeavours.