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Becoming a part of London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Less than a year is left for London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games to start. The country is putting its best efforts to make these games renowned at a global level. London is attracting people from all over the world to be a part of the games. Anyone who wants to go to London during the games can do so under any 3 categories like:

  • Athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media
  • Non- accredited media
  • Spectators
Athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media To facilitate the athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media come and participate in London games; the UK government has launched a new visa by the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Visit Visa (OPVV). This visa allows athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media i.e. Games Family Members to make multiple entries in UK. The OPVV is valid from date of issue until 8 November 2012 and allows the holder to stay in UK for up to 6 months on each visit. To apply for an OPVV an applicant must:
  • Have been identified by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) as a potential Games Family Member to take part in specific activities like meetings with LOCOG, training camps and test events
  • Have an official letter from LOCOG to visit UK for the purpose of games.
OPVV is only applicable for a Games family member and not his/her subsequent relatives. The visa fee is £76 and should be applied at least 2 months before travelling to UK. Non-accredited media Non- accredited media comprises of journalists, broadcaster and crew members from outside the European Union Area who have not been accredited by LOCOG. Applicants falling under these categories need to apply for a visa under “Representatives of Overseas Business” category. One can apply under this category 3 months prior to the actual travel in UK. Spectators If you intend to visit UK as a spectator of games, you will need a visitor visa. The processing time for a UK visitor visa will take 15 working days but can be applied 3 months before the date of travel.

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