The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are fast approaching.

Individuals needing a visa to prepare for the Games are now able to apply for a Commonwealth Games visit visa.

The visa will allow multiple entry to the UK, with a maximum stay of 6 months for a single visit. It will be valid until 3 September 2014, with the Games taking place from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

How to apply for a Commonwealth Games visit visa

Visa applications can be made online.

The applications will need to be accompanied by a letter from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, to confirm the applicant’s Games-related role. Biometric information will also need to be provided.

Visa exemption Accreditation

Individuals who are Games Family Members (who normally need a visa to come to the UK) travelling to the UK on Games-related business between 4 March and 3 September 2014 can apply for a Commonwealth Games Accreditation card which will be accepted at the UK border instead of a visa.

Those who travel as a Games Family Member will need to present both their passport and accreditation card to the Border Officer when they arrive in the UK.

Applicants will need to provide their biometric information (facial photograph and fingerprints) to apply for an Accreditation card. Individuals will be able to provide their biometric information at the Home Office’s visa application centres around the world from October 2013.

In addition, facilities for the provision of an applicant’s biometric information will be available at a number of forthcoming major sporting events such as the Athletics World Championships in Moscow in August 2013 and the African Boxing Championships in Mauritius in September 2013.

The deadline for applying for an Accreditation card will be 28 April 2014. Those who do not meet the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee’s deadline for applying for an Accreditation card will have to apply for a Games Family Member visit visa instead.