Visiting Forces Act 1952

The Visiting Forces Act 1952 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The Visiting Forces Act 1952[1]
Long titleAn Act to make provision with respect to naval, military and air forces of certain other countries visiting the United Kingdom, and to provide for the apprehension and disposal of deserters or absentees without leave in the United Kingdom from the forces of such countries; to enable corresponding provision to be made in the law of colonies and dependencies; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation15 and 16 Geo 6 and 1 Eliz 2 c 67
Royal assent30 October 1952
CommencementSee S.I. 1954/633
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted

Section 3 provides immunity against prosecution for certain offences in the courts of United Kingdom by members of visiting forces and, by virtue of the 1964 Act, international headquarters. See offence against the person and offence against property for the meaning of those terms.

The Act is extended by section 1(2) of, and the Schedule to the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964.


The Act applies specifically to the forces of the countries (mostly members of the Commonwealth of Nations) listed in s.1(1)(a) (as amended from time to time) and additionally to the forces of any other country authorised by an Order in Council.

The Act is in force throughout the United Kingdom.


  1. This short title is conferred by section 19(1) of this Act.
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