Applicants do not need to have friends or family in the UK to visit the country. A Standard Visitor visa for tourism purposes allows applicants to travel to the UK for leisure, for business, or for another reason such as to visit family and friends, take part in sports and creative events, receive private medical treatment, or purely to visit the country for up to six (6) months. The UK is extremely diverse in its landscape and people and has a wealth of culture, history, and scenic beauty that can be discovered and explored.
Validity of UK tourist visa
You can choose to apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa if you visit the UK regularly. This visa lasts 2, 5 or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit. If you’re under 18 years old when you apply, your long-term Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for up to 6 months after you turn 18.