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Transit Visas

Transit visas are required by some nationals who are passing through the UK en-route to another country within 24 or 48 hours.

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Some nationals require a visa to transit both airside and landside, these are know as Direct Airside Transit Visas nationals (DATV), others only need a visa to transit landside, known as Non- Direct Airside Transit Visas nationals (non-DATV).

Airside transit refers to passengers catching an onward flight on the same day and from the same UK airport at which they arrived. Airside transit passengers do not pass through the UK’s border controls.

Landside transit refers to passengers who arrive at one UK airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who may have to re-check-in baggage and therefore need to pass through border controls and enter the UK.

Important information and changes to rules on transit visas as of 1st December 2014

1. Direct Airside Transit Visas

Direct Airside Transit Visas (DATVs) are needed for some nationals who require a visa to transit to the UK both airside and landside. Nationals of countries to which this applies are:

AfghanistanGhanaNepalUganda
AlbaniaGuineaNigeriaVenezuela
AlgeriaGuinea BPakistanVietnam
AngolaIndiaPalestinianYemen
BangladeshIranTerritoriesYugoslavian (docs)
BelarusIraqRwandaZimbabwe
BoliviaIvory CoastSenegal
BurundiJamaicaSerbia
BurmaKenyaSierra Leone
CameroonKosovoSomalia
ChinaLebanonSouth Africa
ColombiaLesothoSri Lanka
Congo – BrazLiberiaSudan
DPR CongoLibyaSwaziland
EcuadorFYR MacedoniaSyria
EgyptMalawiTanzania
EritreaMoldovaTurkish Republic of N Cyprus
EthiopiaMongoliaTurkey
GambiaMontenegro

 

If you are, or one / several of your employees are nationals of one of the countries listed on above, as of 1st December you will:

  • have the option of either applying for a transit visa for making an airside or landside transit, or using one of an extended list of ‘exemption’ documents for example an EEA or Swiss common format residence permit; a full list of requirements for nationals can be found on pages 11 and 12 of the Immigration Rules: statement of changes
  • pay a reduced cost for a DATV of £30, which will be valid for 2 years for genuine and frequent transit travellers

If you are a Chinese and Indian traveller, you can also use a British and Irish Visa scheme biometric visa as an exemption document for transit.

2. Non-Direct Transit Nationals

Other travellers only need a visa to transit landside. These are known as a non-Direct Airside Transit national. Nationals of countries to which this applies are:

ArmeniaEquatorial GuineaMoroccoZambia
AzerbaijanFijiMozambique
BahrainGabonNiger
BeninGeorgiaOman
BhutanGuyanaPeru
BosniaHaitiPhilippines
HerzegovinaIndonesiaQatar
Burkina FasoJordanRussia
CambodiaKazakhstanSao Tome & Principe
Cape VerdeD.P.R KoreaSaudi Arabia
ChadKuwaitSurinam
Central African RepublicKyrgyzstanTaiwan
ComorosLaosTurkmenistan
CubaMaliUkraine
Dominican RepublicMadagascarUAE
DjiboutiMauritaniaUzbekistan

 

If you are a national of one of the countries above, from 1 December 2014 you will:

  • be unable to transit the UK landside with just a confirmed onward ticket, instead you will need a transit visa or one of the exemption documents listed below
  • be able to use one of an extended list of ‘exemption’ documents for example an EEA or Swiss common format residence permit; a full list of requirements for nationals can be found on pages 11 and 12 of the Immigration Rules: statement of changes
  • need to arrive and depart by air, have a confirmed onward flight which leaves by 11.59pm the following day and have the right documents for your destination

If you are a national from Ecuador, Bolivia and Montenegro you will no longer be required to hold a UK DATV, or a valid exemption document, for airside transit.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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