Permitted Paid Engagements Visitor Visa for sports visitor purposes is geared towards sportspeople, support staff and officials who want to come to the UK to participate in a sporting event, competition or related activity.
Sportspeople, support staff or officials who do not meet the sports visitor visa requirements or who may be considered employed (paid or unpaid) for their visit may be eligible for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa.
To qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagements Visitor Visa for sports visitor visa, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be participating in a sporting event, competition or related activity in the UK.
Sporting activities include:
Sportspeople, their officials and support staff coming to the UK as a visitor cannot be paid or sell goods or services to members of the public.
Visitor visa applicants must intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months and show that they have enough money for their stay in the UK and their return or onward journey.
Visitor visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.
This visitor visa entitles the holder to participate in sporting event, competition or related event in the UK. A Sports visitor visa is usually granted for a maximum of 6 months and holders are expected to leave the UK at the end of their permission to stay.
A visitor visa does not entitle the holder to work, conduct business or study in the UK. This means a sports visitor to the UK cannot receive payment for their appearance in the UK or sell goods, such as merchandise, to the public.
To see a full listing of our fees and services, Sports Visitors Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.