how to get a uk tourist visa from philippines
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My send mum Joan Fielding really loves to spend Holiday with us at Scotland, She had done her research on how we can there, so She came across to this blog of a Filipina blogger which She had actually done it with her experience the whole story below.
The idea of getting a UK Tourist visa in the Philippines seemed quite intimidating at first, but it was actually pretty straightforward. Here are some basic things to know about it.
I’m back from my short stay in the UK and I had a blast! Many people have come up to me asking how I managed to get my tourist visa and what my experience was in getting it, so I figured to write about it here.
It is very common for Filipinos to get intimidated by the idea of getting a visa. The visa application process has always been bitterly viewed as a vicious and discriminating process, mostly because grounds for approval are not specific. I will have to admit, it does SUCK so much that people from other countries get to walk into our beautiful country without going through this painstaking process, while we have to put our travel fate onto the hands of some mysterious immigration gods. Then again, what annoys me more, is that this is the outcome of other Filipinos’ abuse of their travel privileges by overstaying, finding illegal employment, etc. So now, people who are genuinely just trying to travel for experience’s sake are equally given a hard time. Oh well. Such is life.
Anyway, I decided to visit London last year and had to go through the UK Tourist Visa application process. Here are some good things to know if you are looking to apply for your UK visa for the first time. These are some questions that I’ve received from friends who are planning to visit the UK (which includes Great Britain, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) for travel purposes. The answers below may not necessarily apply to people who are looking to work, study, marry, or migrate to these countries. Once again, I beg you, please do not get a Tourist visa for any other reason than to experience and tour the UK. Don’t be a douche to the rest of the Philippine traveling community. You can learn more about the types of UK visas you can get from their site.
London from a height. London from a height.
Where do I start?
When trying to get a UK tourist visa, or any visa from any other country for that matter, you need to first set your travel plans. Explore your considerations for traveling. For example, I wanted to celebrate Christmas with my boyfriend and family, so we decided that it would be best for me to come in late November all through January. It is really important to first have a general idea of your travel and accommodation plans before even compiling any paperwork. How many leaves are you allowed? Are you looking to experience the cold months? Who will you be visiting there? Having a solid idea of what you want out of the trip will help you organize your itinerary and requirements easier.
Note: You can’t apply for your UK tourist visa more than 3 months before you intend to fly out. I suggest applying 2 months before to allow for appeals should you need it.