UK Transit Visa

UK Transit Visa

A UK Transit visas are required when nationals who are passing through the UK to another country within 24 or 48 hours.

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The visa you require depends on whether you pass through UK border control upon entering the country.

Your airline can inform you if you are subject to border control.

If you do not pass through British border control

Apply for a UK Transit Visa if you will be changing flights in the United Kingdom without passing through British border control.

Direct Airside Transit Visa

A Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) may be required if you:

  • will change planes in the United Kingdom en route to another country
  • will not pass British border control

You may not be required to obtain a visa.

What you must do depends on your nationality and whether you require entry into the United Kingdom.

Exemptions

You are exempt if you possess a valid:

  • EU Settlement Scheme family authorization
  • Home Office travel document if you are a refugee or stateless individual
  • Standard Visitor visa
  • Marriage Visitor visa

Documents Required For UK Transit Visa

To be eligible for a UK Transit Visa you must possess a valid passport or other travel documents.

You will need to give evidence proving you are permitted to enter the destination country, such as a:

  • residency permit
  • green card
  • valid visa

If you are not a citizen or resident of the country to which you are traveling, you may be required to justify your trip.

You may be required to submit information about your lodging.

You must additionally show evidence of your planned or confirmed onward travel, such as:

  • a flight reservation email
  • printed tickets
  • evidence from a travel agency

Bring your passport and visa with you when traveling through the United Kingdom.

Visitor in Transit Visa

You may require a Visitor in Transit visa if you:

  • Are you changing flights in the United Kingdom en route to another country
  • When passing through the United Kingdom’s border control, for instance, to check in your bags for a connecting flight
  • leaving the United Kingdom within 48 hours
  • not working or studying in the United Kingdom

You may not be required to obtain a visa depending on your nationality and whether you require entry into the United Kingdom.

Transit visas are not required if you possess a valid:

  • EU Settlement Scheme family authorization
  • Home Office travel document if you are a refugee or stateless individual
  • Standard Visitor visa
  • Marriage Visitor visa

If your stay in the United Kingdom exceeds 48 hours, you must apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

The Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Ireland travel

You may need a visiting visa to travel via the United Kingdom to reach the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, or Ireland.

You do not require a UK Visitor visa if:

  • you possess a valid Channel Islands or Isle of Man visa
  • you possess a valid Irish biometric visa (marked “BC” or “BC BIVS” in the “Remarks” section)

If you need to pass through the UK regularly:

You can also apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa if you need to pass through the UK in transit regularly over a more extended period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit, and your visa can last for 2, 5, or 10 years.

UK Transit Visa Application Process

To apply for a UK Transit Visa, you must do it online.

As part of your visa application, you must have your fingerprints and photos (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application center.

How long does the application take?

After attending your interview/consultation, you will typically receive a visa decision within three weeks.

Depending on the country you’re in, you may be eligible for expedited visa processing or additional services; check with your visa application facility.

The current average determination time for transit visas is six weeks.

You must submit an application for a Standard Visitor visa if:

  • you are required to extend your stay in the UK
  • you can demonstrate that you must frequently transit to the United Kingdom.

Fees

  • Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) – £35
  • Visitor in Transit visa – £64

The price may vary slightly depending on what country you are in. The above fees do not include any service fees for processing.

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