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London 2012 Games spectators: visa applications open from 1 January 2012
20 December 2011
From 1 January 2012 we will begin processing visitor visas for those coming from outside the UK to watch the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Games will be the biggest event that the UK has hosted and many extra visitors will arrive during the busy summer period in 2012.
We will process your application and, if you meet the requirements, will issue your visa with a start date that will cover you for the whole Olympic and Paralympic Games period. This means that you can start your preparations for travelling to the UK for the Games from the beginning of 2012.
This rule also applies to all applicants wishing to apply for a UK visitor visa.
You can use our Do I need a visa? questionnaire to find out if you need to apply for a visa. If you are coming to watch the Games as a visitor, you will be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 6 months in most cases.
See the Olympic and Paralympic Games section for more information.