the london book fair
11–13 March 2025
Olympia London

Passport & Visa Information

If you are visiting London from overseas, you will require certain documentation and possibly a visa. This section provides you with information on the passport and visa requirements for visiting The London Book Fair.


On arrival in the United Kingdom, you must show a valid national passport or other equivalent official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.


If you are not a British citizen or a citizen of one the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, you may need to acquire a visa – entry clearance certificate – before you travel to Britain. If you have a valid passport and UK visa, you will normally be granted entry to the UK. Please allow plenty of time to make an appointment for your visa application before you travel to avoid disappointment.

Please visit the UK Border Agency if you need to confirm if you acquire a visa and for full details about visa requirements, biometric information and application procedures.

When you arrive in Britain, your visa tells UK immigration:

  • The reason you are travelling to Britain
  • How long you are allowed to stay
  • The last day you are allowed entry

Entry clearance follows strict rules and procedures. 

Visitor Visa Letters

Visitors can access the visa letter service only once they have registered for The London Book Fair online.

On completion of your registration, you will receive a confirmation email which includes your badge number and a link to the visa letter service completion page.

Here you need to complete all your contact and company details, your badge number, your passport number and your date of birth. Once you have successfully submitted this information, this will generate a printable letter that you can take to your nearest British consular.

Exhibitor Visa Letters

Exhibitors can access the visa letter service via the Exhibitor Portal.

Visa letters will be available from registration and through the Exhibitor Portal.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Most of the common FAQs are listed above, however, if you can't find the answer you are looking for, please contact our Customer Services Team who will be happy to help.