Sounds fascinating! Do you know what visa requirements are for a long stay there (6-12 mths+) for Americans and Canadians? And which towns on the Isle of Wight might you recommend most?
Do you Need a Visa for Isle of Wight Visits?
This is an interesting question, and one we take for granted since we live on the island. The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and actually part of mainland UK (even though some delivery services consider the Isle of Wight as a premium destination). That means that if you’re a UK or European Union resident, you can sail across to our fair isle without the need for a visa, entry stamp or even so much as a passport or ID.
There Are No Border Checks!
The simple truth is that there are absolutely no immigration control, border checks or passport points on the Isle of Wight. The only natural border we have is a little strip of water called ‘The Solent’! When you’re in the UK, you’re just a short ferry ride from the Isle of Wight.
Americans and Canadians Visiting the Isle of Wight
For a US, Canadian, Australian, or any other citizen from around the world, the exact same entry laws and rules apply for the Isle of Wight as it would for entry into the UK. You can find all the UK visa requirements and rules here.
Best Places to Visit on the Isle of Wight
What would Izabela and I recommend for a trip over here?
A lovely place with an old village for cream teas, an esplanade and a beautiful beach. Shanklin Chine is a place well worth checking out.
This is like a Mediterranean town and even the Victorians would send people here to breathe in the beautiful air. Charles Dickens was a fan! There are many local pubs and restaurants – Besty and Spinky’s is our favourite for an English Breakfast.
Other eating places to note in Ventnor are:
- El Toro Contento (Spanish tapas, awesome downstairs area)
- Ventnor Haven Fishery (the best fresh fish and chips on the Isle of Wight)
- Cantina (cool Italian-style dining)
- Phileas Foggs (food from around the world in amazing surroundings)
Absolutely beautiful (Izabela loves this place). It’s well-known for sailing and holds the biggest yachting event in the world each year: Cowes Week. The shopping is first class and so are the bars and restaurants too!
For more places to visit, from the viewpoint of locals, check out Tony & Ali over at the Real Isle of Wight podcast.