Did you know Heathrow Airport requires all passengers to have a transit visa?
You will want to be well informed on this if you want to fly through the UK and if you have a layover there. Understanding the requirements for having a visa is essential so that your trip runs smoothly, whether you’ve been traveling a lot or this is your first trip.
You will need a transit visa if you travel through the United Kingdom and will not leave the airport.
If you want to leave the airport or remain overnight in the UK, you must have a valid visa to enter the country. You can apply for a transit visa in advance or once you arrive at the airport, meaning you can purchase a transit visa on arrival in the UK. With this visa, you can pass through the United Kingdom without stopping to spend any time there.
To ensure that you have enough time to complete the visa, it is recommended that you submit your application two to three weeks before the date of your departure.
Submitting an application in the airport
You will need to fill out an application form which may be done at the visa application center. You will also be asked to submit supporting documents, such as a passport and a travel itinerary, pay the visa fee and present these documents.
To summarize what we have just gone over, you must get a transit visa when you’re traveling to Heathrow and intend to stay in the airport. You should submit your application two to three weeks in advance for faster processing, or you can do so at the airport along with the required documents and fees.