The UK Transit Visa is intended for foreign nationals who are not citizens of the EEA (EU member states, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) or Switzerland who are using the UK as a transit country on their way to another country. This visa allows applicants to apply for a long-term transit visa if they can demonstrate that they require regular travel through the UK to reach their destination but have no intention of staying or living there permanently. These long-term transit visas can be granted for a period of one to ten years.
Transit visas are classified into several categories.
- Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) – for individuals who need to change planes without leaving the airport in the United Kingdom.
- Visitor in Transit Visa – for foreigners who must depart from the airport and go by another mode of transport, or who wish to spend a portion of their journey on land. This visa is valid for a maximum of four days.