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Entry Clearances: Tourists

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tourist visas were issued to persons of each nationality in each of the last four years; how many such visas were issued to children; and what estimate she has made of the number of such children who overstayed their visa.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The number of tourist visas issued to each nationality in each of the calendar years 2005-08, including the number issued to persons under the age of 18, is shown in the following tables. I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 20 April 2009, Hansard, columns 175-76W.

Other visit vitas issued 2005-08 by nationality
2005 2006
Nationality Over 18 Under 18 Total Over 18 Under 18 Total
Afghanistan 804 175 979 1,035 320 1,355
Albania 3,354 485 3,839 2,777 485 3,262
Algeria 5,661 446 6,107 6,238 1,027 7,265
Andorra 2 2 4 4
Angola 2,499 308 2,807 2,332 304 2,636
Antigua and Barbuda 5 1 6 4 1 6
Argentina 35 35 24 24
Armenia 1,114 74 1,188 1,130 95 1,225
Australia 298 3 301 365 365
Austria 3 1 4
Azerbaijan 2 930 252 3,182 3,498 265 3,763
Bahamas 2 2 3 1 4
Bahrain 4,437 1,317 6,754 5,081 1,585 6,666
Bangladesh 9,756 1,618 11,374 8,767 2,514 11,281
Barbados 17 3 20 18 18
Belarus 3,612 3,582 7,194 4,040 3,946 7,986
Belgium 3 3 1 1
Belize 4 4 2 1 3
Benin 373 27 400 371 34 405
Bermuda
Bhutan 116 4 120 87 4 91
Bolivia 34 34 74 8 82
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,353 198 2,551 2,260 243 2,503
Botswana 76 7 83 119 22 141
Brazil 301 21 322 347 13 360
British Citizen 36 1 37 25 3 28
British National Overseas 36 36 30 30
British Overseas Citizen 6 6 9 9
British Protected Person 4 4
British Subject 7 7 2 2
Brunei 7 7 1 1
Bulgaria 13,715 939 14,654 14,676 1,349 16,025
Burkina 174 6 180 211 18 229
Burma (Myanmar) 665 40 705 524 89 613
Burundi 149 25 174 136 18 154
Cambodia 138 15 153 220 41 261
Cameroon 2,697 208 2,905 2,856 327 3,183
Canada 226 1 227 249 2 251
Cape Verde 114 10 124 142 14 156
Central African Republic 41 5 46 71 7 78
Chad 97 5 102 78 7 85
Chile 370 9 379 225 22 247
China 74 897 7,427 82,324 94,073 11,220 105,293
Colombia 10,111 1,239 11,350 10,287 1,821 12,108
Comoros 26 26 24 24
Congo 649 115 764 706 172 878
Costa Rica 1 1 7 2 9
Croatia 11,240 996 12,236 2,064 67 2,131
Cuba 1,358 44 1,402 1,632 50 1,682
Cyprus 261 74 335 397 240 637
Czech Republic 9 9 735 21 756
Democratic Republic of Congo 2,320 632 2,952 2,154 642 2,796
Denmark 2 2
Dependant Territory
Djibouti 161 29 190 132 12 144
Dominica 4 1 5 8 3 11
Dominican Republic 1,336 136 1,472 1,170 139 1,309
East Timor (Timor-Leste) 1 1 2 3 3
Ecuador 2,133 185 2,318 2,396 324 2,720
Egypt 18,973 2,183 21,156 20,282 2,506 22,788
El Salvador 16 2 18 9 9
Equatorial Guinea 194 10 204 183 5 188
Eritrea 458 57 515 417 90 507
Estonia 92 9 101 162 26 188
Ethiopia 2,779 284 3,063 1,829 157 1,986
Fiji 741 65 806 612 71 683
Finland 8 4 12
France 9 1 10 21 4 25
Gabon 309 29 338 319 41 360
Gambia 2,322 397 2,719 1,992 485 2,477
Georgia 2,231 130 2,361 2,637 219 2,856
Germany 5 5 4 4
Ghana 11,942 1,709 13,651 10,807 2,372 13,179
Greece
Greenland
Grenada 6 6 8 8
Guatemala 7 1 8 17 17
Guinea 919 115 1,034 925 96 1,021
Guinea-Bissau 75 8 83 124 19 143
Guyana 1,764 304 2,068 1,921 399 2,320
Haiti 245 22 267 218 10 228
Honduras 7 7 17 17
Hong Kong 214 13 227 232 19 251
Hungary 521 42 563 363 33 396
Iceland 5 5
India 169,722 19,137 188,859 191,902 29,431 221,333
Indonesia 11,025 1,233 12,258 11,500 1,418 12,918
Iran 13 401 1,362 14,763 15,438 3,678 19,116
Iraq 4,388 504 4,892 4,341 877 5,218
Ireland 3 3 5 4 9
Israel 147 6 153 101 6 107
Italy 4 4 3 3
Ivory Coast 1,318 143 1,461 1,414 211 1,625
Jamaica 3,548 210 3,758 3,527 635 4,162
Japan 551 4 555 687 5 692
Jordan 8,068 955 9,023 8,597 1,240 9,837
Kazakhstan 10,998 896 11,894 16,225 3,260 19,485
Kenya 5,610 440 6,050 5,709 1,272 6,981
Korea (North) 17 1 18 13 3 16
Kosovo
Kuwait 29,005 10,223 39,228 28,696 10,844 39,540
Kyrgyzstan 789 44 833 1,043 112 1,155
Laos 75 7 82 69 6 75
Latvia 125 6 131 108 17 125
Lebanon 7,933 650 8,583 8,108 965 9,073
Lesotho 2 2 6 1 7
Liberia 344 20 364 284 24 308
Libya 5,242 935 6,177 4,663 1,247 5,910
Lithuania 24 7 31 16 1 17
Luxembourg
Macau 8 1 9 8 8
Macedonia 1,623 89 1,712 1,861 175 2,036
Madagascar 257 11 268 278 16 294
Malawi 117 16 133 1,008 165 1,173
Malaysia 105 3 108 78 6 84
Maldives 8 3 11 3 1 4
Mali 436 29 465 550 48 598
Malta 1 1
Marshall Islands 2 2
Mauritania 264 10 274 272 32 304
Mauritius 338 48 386 763 108 871
Mexico 581 70 651 665 38 703
Micronesia
Moldova 963 79 1,042 1,090 107 1,197
Mongolia 624 54 678 790 64 854
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco 8,666 1,009 9,675 8,205 1,602 9,807
Mozambique 452 44 496 500 36 536
Namibia 7 2 9 10 10
Nauru
Nepal 2,234 163 2,397 2,538 256 2,794
Netherlands 22 1 23 10 1 11
New Zealand 131 3 134 75 1 76
Nicaragua 8 8 5 5
Niger 112 7 119 117 10 127
Nigeria 70,030 17,002 87,032 49,816 19,179 68,995
None 17 17 7 7
Norway 1 1 1 1
Oman 3,787 856 4,643 3,565 1,082 4,647
Other 873 136 1,009 866 176 1,042
Pakistan 51,797 11,848 63,645 42,865 19,415 62,280
Palestinian Authority 587 107 694 474 75 549
Panama 1 1 123 5 128
Papua New Guinea 6 6 4 4
Paraguay 3 3 1 1
Peru 3,172 230 3,402 3,652 255 3,907
Philippines 11,953 780 12,733 13,587 1,297 14,884
Poland 332 15 347 210 13 223
Portugal 4 4
Qatar 5,185 2,373 7,558 7,439 3,799 11,238
Refugee (Art 1 1951 Convention) 833 165 998 733 247 980
Romania 22,135 1,907 24,042 24,899 2,471 27,370
Russia 92,377 16,765 109,142 105,008 11,014 116,022
Rwanda 292 40 332 392 31 423
Sao Tome And Principe 60 6 66 62 7 69
Saudi Arabia 21,253 7,757 29,010 25,757 9,605 35,362
Senegal 1,436 67 1,503 1,742 128 1,870
Serbia
Seychelles 2 2
Sierra Leone 2,474 324 2,798 2,217 497 2,714
Singapore 19 19 27 27
Slovakia 160 15 175 183 10 193
Slovenia 66 8 74 20 2 22
Solomon Islands 1 1 2 1 1
Somalia 457 60 517 357 76 433
South Africa 285 29 314 292 34 326
South Korea 59 5 64 121 4 125
Soviet Union 2 2
Spain 4 1 5 10 5 15
Sri Lanka 11,534 1,520 13,054 9,680 3,481 13,161
St. Kitts and Nevis 1 1 2 2
St Lucia 10 10 14 1 15
St Vincent 3 3 7 1 8
Stateless (Art 1 1951 Convention) 881 165 1,046 792 225 1,017
Sudan 4,204 946 5,150 4,856 1,355 6,211
Surinam 203 8 211 151 9 160
Swaziland 12 12 9 9
Sweden 14 14 1 1 2
Switzerland 3 3 12 8 20
Syria 4,288 515 4,803 4,356 551 4,907
Taiwan 23,757 1,101 24,858 25,853 1,715 27,568
Tajikistan 188 8 196 291 34 325
Tanzania 3,433 336 3,769 3,345 395 3,740
Thailand 24,501 1,740 26,241 22,673 1,856 24,529
Togo 292 15 307 282 20 302
Tonga 2 2
Trinidad and Tobago 148 8 156 64 21 85
Tunisia 3,476 359 3,835 2,837 462 3,299
Turkey 42 579 4,196 46,775 45,954 6,008 51,962
Turkmenistan 735 114 849 447 81 528
Uganda 3,548 265 3,813 3,692 446 4,138
Ukraine 17,317 2,960 20,277 20,111 3,379 23,490
United Arab Emirates 11,762 4,809 16,571 13,926 6,216 20,142
United Nations 74 74 66 66
United States 1,054 13 1,067 1,172 22 1,194
Unspecified Nationality 3 264 517 3,781 3,003 970 3,973
Uruguay 6 6 4 4
Uzbekistan 1,313 73 1,386 1,236 208 1,444
Vanuatu 1 1
Vatican 9 9 9 9
Venezuela 11 11 79 12 91
Vietnam 3,368 210 3,578 3,411 261 3,672
Western Samoa 1 1
Yemen 1,914 545 2,459 2,098 569 2,667
Yugoslavia 10,097 865 10,962 11,058 1,479 12,537
Zambia 2,121 218 2,339 2,440 493 2,933
Zimbabwe 5,370 967 6,337 3,292 1,305 4,597
Grand total 965,056 147,440 1,112,496 1,009,875 192,969 1,202,844
2007 2008
Nationality Over 18 Under 18 Total Over 18 Under 18 Total
Afghanistan 710 277 987 744 279 1,023
Albania 2,561 466 3,027 2,515 640 3,155
Algeria 5,910 1,118 7,028 5,740 949 6,689
Andorra 5 5
Angola 2,467 421 2,888 2,257 412 2 669
Antigua and Barbuda 2 2
Argentina 34 34 11 11
Armenia 1,189 111 1,300 1,162 150 1,312
Australia 365 2 367 373 4 377
Austria 4 4
Azerbaijan 3,303 409 3,712 3,080 605 3,685
Bahamas 4 4
Bahrain 4,702 1,438 6,140 5,819 1,834 7,653
Bangladesh 6,255 2,456 8,711 6,473 2,168 8,641
Barbados 33 1 34 6 6
Belarus 3,686 3,991 7,877 4393 3,499 7,892
Belgium 11 1 12 7 7
Belize 4 1 5 4 4
Benin 311 22 333 281 11 292
Bermuda
Bhutan 82 17 99 62 2 64
Bolivia 95 4 99 11 1 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2,264 304 2,568 2,635 316 2,951
Botswana 94 17 111 58 5 63
Brazil 358 20 378 312 14 326
British Citizen 50 13 63 25 6 31
British National Overseas 22 22 24 24
British Overseas Citizen 2 2 6 6
British Protected Person 1 1 1 1
British Subject
Brunei 4 4 1 1 2
Bulgaria 144 6 150 68 8 76
Burkina 235 20 255 209 6 215
Burma (Myanmar) 721 69 790 706 73 779
Burundi 141 14 155 176 11 187
Cambodia 164 21 185 241 27 268
Cameroon 2,666 287 2,953 2,175 264 2,439
Canada 266 5 271 273 2 275
Cape Verde 134 10 144 83 8 91
Central African Republic 36 8 44 52 10 62
Chad 81 6 87 95 13 108
Chile 10 10 10 10
China 96,982 14,134 111,116 77,919 12,261 90,180
Colombia 10,698 1,998 12,696 10,240 1,897 12,137
Comoros 16 16 34 34
Congo 527 90 617 438 106 544
Costa Rica 7 7 1 1 2
Croatia 181 13 194 136 1 137
Cuba 1,273 53 1,326 1,170 35 1,205
Cyprus 320 187 507 258 181 439
Czech Republic 1,320 70 1,390 199 7 206
Democratic Republic of Congo 2,005 503 2,508 1,433 364 1,797
Denmark 3 1 4 2 2
Dependant Territory 1 1
Djibouti 87 15 102 91 10 101
Dominica 3 3 3 1 4
Dominican Republic 1,318 199 1,517 963 86 1,049
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Ecuador 2,169 319 2,488 1,835 282 2,117
Egypt 19,787 2,558 22,345 20,040 2,857 22,897
El Salvador 2 2 6 6
Equatorial Guinea 171 4 175 109 4 113
Eritrea 363 76 439 297 41 338
Estonia 81 2 83 28 2 30
Ethiopia 2,008 176 2,184 1,936 164 2,100
Fiji 811 60 871 594 49 643
Finland 13 5 18 6 4 10
France 34 5 39 23 1 24
Gabon 347 49 396 237 30 267
Gambia 1,534 388 1,922 1,251 333 1,584
Georgia 2,698 276 2,974 2,639 620 3,259
Germany 4 4 4 4
Ghana 9,559 2,024 11,583 8,837 1,862 10,699
Greece 14 1 15 20 20
Greenland
Grenada 6 6 2 2
Guatemala 11 1 12 12 2 14
Guinea 529 52 581 488 42 530
Guinea-Bissau 78 8 86 38 13 51
Guyana 1,653 313 1,966 568 81 649
Haiti 193 13 206 157 8 165
Honduras 8 8 1 1
Hong Kong 238 32 270 44 44
Hungary 189 22 211 118 31 149
Iceland 1 1 1 1
India 185,143 26,897 212,040 174,657 25,259 199,916
Indonesia 13,198 1,843 15041 11,871 1 561 13,432
Iran 12,653 3,217 15,870 10,869 2,765 13,634
Iraq 2,317 342 2,659 2,778 442 3,220
Ireland 3 1 4 1 1
Israel 98 6 104 60 7 67
Italy 7 2 9 2 2
Ivory Coast 1,204 176 1,380 1,181 182 1,363
Jamaica 3,767 750 4,517 3,867 769 4,636
Japan 421 8 429 452 10 462
Jordan 7,494 1,116 8,610 7,835 1,177 9,012
Kazakhstan 12,731 5,265 17,996 7,853 2,519 10,372
Kenya 5,616 1,201 6,817 5,948 1,200 7,148
Korea (North) 12 1 13 15 2 17
Kosovo 13 6 19 33 30 63
Kuwait 25,207 8,681 33,888 28,587 10,269 38,856
Kyrgyzstan 758 104 862 484 63 547
Laos 66 6 72 87 8 95
Latvia 120 5 125 57 3 60
Lebanon 8,140 939 9,079 7,155 742 7,897
Lesotho 3 3 3 3
Liberia 235 22 257 254 18 272
Libya 4,304 1,245 5,549 5,317 1,392 6,709
Lithuania 31 6 36 10 2 12
Luxembourg 1 1
Macau 5 5 3 3
Macedonia 2,027 154 2,181 1,976 223 2,199
Madagascar 308 26 334 312 22 334
Malawi 1,158 227 1,385 976 169 1,145
Malaysia 83 83 89 1 90
Maldives 2 2 5 5
Mali 385 25 410 410 25 435
Malta 2 2 1 1
Marshall Islands
Mauritania 173 16 189 158 7 165
Mauritius 635 105 740 585 71 656
Mexico 574 34 608 166 39 205
Micronesia 1 1
Moldova 960 108 1,068 767 103 870
Mongolia 1,074 121 1,195 677 134 811
Montenegro 5 5 252 139 391
Montserrat 1 1
Morocco 6,047 1,009 7,056 5,241 883 6,124
Mozambique 389 26 415 411 53 464
Namibia 10 10 5 5
Nauru 1 1
Nepal 2,439 248 2,687 1,734 160 1,894
Netherlands 5 5 2 2
New Zealand 95 95 81 81
Nicaragua 6 1 7 6 6
Niger 139 13 152 91 14 105
Nigeria 45,399 19,269 64,668 45,578 18,957 64,535
None 7 7 1 1
Norway 67 16 83
Oman 3,733 1,179 4,912 5,146 1,697 6,843
Other 761 139 900 1,713 367 2,080
Pakistan 28,194 13,344 41,538 26,507 11,510 38 017
Palestinian Authority 520 100 620 92 9 101
Panama 111 3 114 101 4 105
Papua New Guinea 3 3
Paraguay 2 1 3 2 2
Peru 3,706 286 3,992 2,822 272 3,094
Philippines 12,872 1,408 14,280 12,530 1,356 13,886
Poland 214 60 274 64 3 67
Portugal 4 4 1 1
Qatar 6,778 4,093 10,871 8,067 4,733 12,800
Refugee (Art 1 1951 Convention) 542 147 689 440 129 569
Romania 369 18 387 353 20 373
Russia 104,478 11,960 116,438 97,915 20,461 118,376
Rwanda 445 50 495 493 25 518
Sao Tome And Principe 54 13 67 16 4 20
Saudi Arabia 27,477 9,501 36,978 33,606 12,597 46,203
Senegal 1,894 114 2,008 1,815 168 1,983
Serbia 232 26 258 621 55 676
Seychelles 3 2 6
Sierra Leone 1,641 388 2,029 1,100 305 1,405
Singapore 27 27 26 26
Slovakia 120 6 126 71 6 77
Slovenia 74 9 83 45 3 48
Solomon Islands
Somalia 253 27 280 187 23 210
South Africa 199 20 219 293 53 346
South Korea 120 6 126 98 10 108
Soviet Union 3 3 3 3
Spain 7 3 10 4 4
Sri Lanka 8,023 3,038 11,061 7,757 2,607 10 364
St. Kitts and Nevis 1 1 1 1
St Lucia 11 11 8 2 10
St Vincent 4 4 1 1 2
Stateless (Art 1 1951 Convention) 595 148 743 479 126 605
Sudan 4,571 1,258 5,829 3,618 838 4,456
Surinam 157 45 202 109 7 116
Swaziland 3 3 3 1 4
Sweden 5 5 2 2
Switzerland 5 1 6 1 1
Syria 3,184 419 3,603 3,308 503 3,811
Taiwan 22,705 2,875 25,580 19,431 2,579 22,010
Tajikistan 257 39 296 263 21 284
Tanzania 3,416 501 3,917 3,144 365 3,509
Thailand 24,209 2,262 26,471 24,777 3,108 27 885
Togo 264 17 281 252 26 278
Tonga 3 3
Trinidad and Tobago 125 4 129 137 16 153
Tunisia 2,864 370 3,234 2,414 593 3,007
Turkey 46,105 7,777 53,682 55,375 8,961 64,336
Turkmenistan 443 52 495 492 139 631
Uganda 3,888 498 4,386 3,782 577 4,359
Ukraine 21,034 3,851 24,885 19,143 4,975 24,118
United Arab Emirates 12,288 5,434 17,722 15,008 6,804 21,812
United Nations 57 57 30 30
United States 1 032 31 1,063 936 29 965
Unspecified Nationality 2,823 858 3,681 1,813 431 2,244
Uruguay 7 1 8 3 3
Uzbekistan 1,021 61 1,082 1,210 199 1,409
Vanuatu 1 1
Vatican 12 12 5 5
Venezuela 55 2 57 50 4 54
Vietnam 3,721 277 3,998 3,983 410 4,393
Western Samoa 2 2 2 2
Yemen 1,745 538 2,283 1,477 434 1,911
Yugoslavia 10,092 1,598 11,690 10,259 1,977 12,236
Zambia 2,327 517 2,844 1,971 445 2,416
Zimbabwe 2,830 1,105 3,935 2,449 838 3,287
Grand total 916,752 184,882 1,101,634 879,067 192,958 1,072,025

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