Visa/Passport Information for participants
Last updated: 3 February 2022
Visa and Passport information non UK Nationals / non Republic of Ireland Nationals
This information relates to participants on our onsite programmes.
A valid visa is a requirement for passport holders of certain countries – it is your responsibility to find out whether you need to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK and to determine the type of visa you need. It is also your responsibility to find out whether you need to apply for this visa in advance of your arrival in the UK or whether you can apply upon arrival in the UK. You can check here.
On the day your workshop/event/Retreats at The Park begins, as part of the registration process we will take a photocopy of your passport and retain this for 12 months. We ask that you please have your passport available for us to check, along with your travel documents.
In the context of visas you should be aware that the Findhorn Foundation is not an accredited educational institution and we do not offer academic credits. Where the Findhorn Foundation offers certified courses the validation happens through our partner organisation.
Participation in our programme generally requires a visitor visa. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa for guidance. Please note the 30 day restrictions for participating in recreational courses – this would apply to our programmes.
The programme you have signed up for may or may not include participation in some of our daily community activities. Any activity that you take part in will be in the context of the programme that you have signed up for. We won’t ask you to perform any paid or voluntary work for us.
Upon entering the UK you may be asked to provide the following documents:
- A return ticket
- A copy of your bank statement to show that you are able to support yourself during your stay in the UK
- A print out of your confirmation email for your workshop/event and also this document
We strongly advise you to carry these documents with you upon entering the UK.
Participants from certain countries will require a visa, but immigration may ask you to use the automatic ePassport gate, and therefore they may NOT stamp your passport..
Participants from all other countries requiring a visa will need to show their visa stamp in their passport, otherwise we reserve the right to ask you to leave the programme if you do not have the appropriate visa.
Have a look here for guidance on passing through border control.