New Changes To UK Transit Visas – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. This week we are talking about UK Transit Visas and for those of you who are avid FAQ Friday subscribers, you will know that we have covered this before. So why are we covering it again? Well, quite simply, there have been a few changes. So let’s have a look at what these are.

Previous UK Transit Visa rules

Previously, travellers transiting the UK would have needed a Transit Visa except if they are travelling to the USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand and held a visa or valid residency permit for those countries.

What is the major change?

While those rules are still true, you are now allowed to transit via the UK to any destination if you hold any of those 4 visas I mentioned earlier.

Category D EEC Visa

Also included in this rule are holders of a valid Category D EEC Visa. The EEC is the European Economic Community. It is similar to but not exactly the same as the Schengen Area. A Category D Visa is a long-stay visa for the purposes of work, study, or retirement in an EEC country.

Irish Biometric Visa Holders

Also exempt from a UK Transit Visa are holders of Irish Biometric Visas. South Africans rarely hold these kind of visas as we don’t need a visa to enter Ireland for the purposes of tourism. If you don’t have this visa for Ireland, you will need a visa to transit the UK on your way to or from the Republic of Ireland.

When will you need a Transit Visa to travel via the UK?

NB: Everyone who doesn’t hold a valid visa or residency permit for the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand will need a transit visa to travel via the UK, except in the situations mentioned above.

There are a few situations where you will still need a Transit Visa to travel via the UK. These are situations like when you are travelling to the Schengen States on a Category C or Tourism Visa. You will also need a Transit Visa if you transit overnight in the UK. And thirdly, there is the landside transits. These are where you collect your luggage and pass through immigration before connecting to your next flight, except if you are transiting landside on the way to the USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand and hold that valid visa for those countries.

Also, as mentioned above: If you don’t have a biometric Irish visa and are transiting the UK to or from the Republic of Ireland, you will need a visa to transit the UK regardless of the fact that you hold one of the other visas mentioned above.

When do these changes come into effect?

It is important to note that these changes only come into effect from 1 December 2014.

How much does a UK Transit Visa cost?

So what happens if you still need a Transit Visa? There’s good news there too. The price has gone down to just 30 Pounds for that visa which is currently around R550.

So that’s it from me for this week on FAQ Friday. If you’ve got any travel-related questions, please ask them in the comments section below and please remember to subscribe to our channel. Thanks!

Our Readers Comments

  1. Just wanting clarification on UK transit visa. I have a valid tourist visa for Australia for 3 years as I have a daughter there. I also have a 5 year tourist schengen visa as have a son in Denmark. Can I now travel to Denmark via England (only to transit at the airport) without getting a transit visa? There is no direct flight to Copenhagen from SA and often the flights via London are cheaper.

    • Hi Sheila, according to the new rules you supposedly can go via the UK in transit if you hold that Australian visa. If your Schengen visa is a Category D, then that counts too, if not, you wouldn’t be able to use that, just that Australian one. That was according to their press release – as with any visa, I always recommend double-checking the details a few weeks before you travel with the relevant embassy or someone else in the know to make sure nothing has changed.

    • Hello Nick,

      Please could you help with a question and if its possible to reply via email,
      I am traveling from America – New York via London back to South Africa, I will be in transit for 7hrs,
      Will it be possible for my brother who lives in the UK to come to the airport and visit me while I wait for me flight back to South Africa? I have a South Africa passport with an American Visa.

      Thank you this will be great help as I cant find any answers on UK website.

    • Hi Monique,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately this would not be possible as you will be in the transit area. Passengers who are not traveling are not permitted to go into the transit area, and if you are not holding a valid UK visitors visa, you will not be permitted to leave the transit area.

      You are welcome to ask the immigration official if they will make an exception it will be up to their discretion.

  2. so, if i am traveling to the States from South Africa, with a valid US visa, and i have a 10hour stop over in London. Can i go into London during that 10 hours

    • Hi Wouter, you can only use it to transit the UK, you can’t use that visa to enter the UK for any purpose other than transit. That being said, the border agents have been known to let transit passengers with a US visa through border control into the city for the day. You could always ask them if they’d let you do that, just make sure you get the name of the person you spoke to should there be any problems.

  3. My daughter will be working in Belgium but would like to visit London – how does she go about in applying for a UK visa whilst in Belgium – do we need to do in SA or over there.

    • Hi Hannelie, thanks for reaching out. It will depend on the sort of visa she has for Belgium, in some circumstances applicants can apply from there, in others they have to return to SA to apply. I suggest she get’s hold of the local embassy/consulate for clarification.

  4. Hi there, I am travelling to Ireland via LHR in January 2015 – do i still need a transit visa?

    • Hi Shireen, unfortunately you will need a transit visa for the UK. Sadly, Ireland forms part of what’s known as the “common travel area” which is not exempt from the transit visa story.

    • The Indian National currently residing at Ireland on student visa. He would like to visit his home town India. He is flying thru British Airways (having connecting flight via London). He need UK transit visa or not Thx

    • Hi Hari,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a UK transit visa is required for an Indian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge an Indian passport holder would require a visa to transit visa the UK however I do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency who can give you the most up to date information.

    • Hi,
      we are planning to travel through an airline which has a stop over of 1 hr 30 mins at london airport. I and my husband are non immigrant of usa holding h4 and h1 visa respectively and moving back to our home country. The day we will arrive the London airport, our us visa will be expired by then. But we have a valid visiting visa for Canada which would still be valid. Do we need to get UK transit visa in such case?

    • Hi there,

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  5. What happens if you previously has a British Visa and it has just expired hut you want to visit the UK again in 3mths time.

    • Hi Ruth, if you’re wanting to visit the UK again, you will need to apply for a new UK visa. One is needed for each trip, unless multiple trips are made within the validity period (or unless otherwise specified on the visa, for example if the visa specifies ‘single entry’)

    • Dear/sir
      my vaild visa canada my hetherow sty 7hrs pls iam jast 2 days transit for uk landon very beautiful

      Thanks

  6. Thanks for this. Can you now say all of this in plain English?

    • Haha, it’s quite complicated isn’t it Simon?

      I’ll try and simplify it:

      They’re saying that if you hold a valid American, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand visa or residency permit, or if you hold a valid category D (long stay) visa for an EU state, you won’t need a visa to transit the UK within one day, provided you don’t leave the transit area of one airport and are not travelling to any other part of the UK or Ireland.

      That’s as simple as it gets I’m afraid.

    • Hi dear I got usa valid visa and if I want go into UK for 2 days so I still need visa to get in or I can go like this wail I m travelling to usa

    • Hi Faisal,

      Thanks for getting in touch! If you would like to visit the UK for 2 days you will need a valid UK visa to enter the country.

  7. Thanks for the important update that came in handy as I was planning to acquire a UK transit visa for my US trip. I hold a valid US visa and would be transiting in the UK on my outbound trip from SA for 3 hours, and also on my inbound trip from the US for about 8 hours. Will I still need a transit visa to step out of the airport to visit friends particularly with the 8 hours transit time?

    Thanks a million and you have a fabulous Friday and weekend ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Janette

    • Hi Janette, technically you’re only allowed to be on British soil for the purposes of transit, so wouldn’t be allowed to leave the transit area, except if you needed to change airports. That being said, border agents have been known to allow holders of valid US transit visas to leave the airport for a few hours, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask one, just make sure you get a name in case there’s trouble on your way back in.

  8. I have an Argentinean passport. Will I need a visa or transit visa to the UK?
    I would like answers to both possibilities.
    And does an Israeli citizen need a visa or transfer visa?

    We all want to tour, not stay or work or study.

    • Hi Judith! Argentine passport holders don’t require a visa to visit the UK or transit it. The same is true for Israeli passport holders. This is for the purposes of tourism/transit only, so it doesn’t cover work or study.

  9. To me £30.00 is near enough R550.00!

  10. How does one apply for a transit visa. The name of the visa that must be applied for an a link perhaps to the site where you fill in the application.

    Thank you !

    • I have a Swedish residence permit but am a Jamaican citizen, do I need any other documents apart from my residence-permit card and Jamaican passport to transit to go to Jamaica?

    • Hi Shalicka,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are traveling on a Jamaican passport you will not need a visa to transit through Jamaica.

  11. Hi Liam, I have just got my ten year family visa for the UK. As you didn’t mention this on your video, I would like to know if this type of visa is also exempt from the exit visa? if not , where do I get this exit visa from? We fly out to the UK on 10 December.

    Thank you

    Cheryl

    • Hi Cheryl! Your long-stay family visa should be sufficient to transit the UK. So long as it’s valid and so is your passport for the times you’re transiting, I can’t see there being a problem. Enjoy the trip!

  12. Hi
    please could you tell me if a spouse of a UK passport holder needs to pay for a visa to visit the UK?
    thanks

  13. Why can we not transit to Europe on a tourist Shengen or other European Visa without paying extra for a transit visa. Using British Airways as our carrier means that we go via London. Does that mean we can no longer use BA if we want to go to EUROPE?
    Also the need for a visa to England is causing great hardship to South Africans who wish to visit family members. It is to expensive for ordinary professionals who wish to travel, as the exchange rate is prohibitive, and it never was like this before.
    Thank you for asking.

    • Hi Selma,

      Unfortunately the UK does not fall under the Schengen States when it comes to Schengen Visa’s. When traveling to Europe via the UK, even if in transit one will need to obtain a UK transit visa.

      If you want to avoid passing through the UK, one must not fly on BA or Virgin Atlantic, as London is their hub, and they need to touch down in the UK.

      It’s an unfortunate situation, of one now having to obtain a UK transit visa when flying to Europe via the UK, as before this was never the case. So yes, it is frustrating.

      A new regulation has come into place though, that if one is holding a valid visa for one of the four countries, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you are now allowed to transit via the UK to any destination if you hold any of those 4 visas.

  14. Do I seriously need a UK transit Visa if my connecting flight leaves for Schipol within an hour-and-a- half from the same terminal 5 where I landed with British Airways holding a class C Schengen Visa valid for 3 years? How long does it take to obtain this UK Transit Visa? This is causing me great anxiety as my Schengen Visa appointment is for 26/11/2014. My flight with BA from Cape Town is already booked and paid for, leaving on Christmas day at 20:00. I am very concerned now that I will not have enough time to obtain both Visas in time for my departure. Please advise urgently? Thank you, in anticipation. Helen van Eeden

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes one would need to apply for a transit visa, even if one is arriving and departing from the same terminal.

      If one is entering into the UK and their onward flight is not to USA, Canada or New Zealand a UK Transit Visa will be required.

      Below you will find a link which I find very helpful confirming if one would need a transit visa or not:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      When applying for a transit visa you can can do so by using the following link below:

      http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres

      We recommend you also contact Rose (Republic Service of Excellence) who specialize in visa queries and they will be able to assist and advise with the most up to date information:

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of luck and have a fabulous trip!

  15. Hi, as an airline crewmember entering the U.K. on a working flight, and wanting to visit Ireland, do I need a visa for the U.K.???

    • Hi Rodney,

      Great to hear from you!

      While some countries allow flight crew members to enter without visas (or with a business visas), many require specific “crew” visas. Every country is different and you will need to speak to your company who would be able to assist you with this.

      If one does not have the correct documentation you may be fined or subject to deportation.

      I would suggest you ask your company and they will be able to assist you in obtaining a “crew” visa enabling you to travel.

      All the best!

  16. This is so useful. I just want to clarify that if you are in transit in the UK and you final destination is a Schengen state then you still require a transit visa, is that correct?

    Thanking you

    • Hi Taryn,

      that’s correct (unless you hold a valid, US, UK, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand visa or residency permit).

  17. Does a UK transit visa allow you to leave the airport building? Any time restriction?

    • Hi Gail, no unfortunately you cannot leave the transit area, you may be allowed to travel from one airport to another for example from Heathrow to Gatwick, provided that’s how you’ve been booked. But otherwise you can’t leave the airport.

  18. I am married to a UK citizen and I do not pay anything for a Schengen visa , would I be required to pay for a UK transit visa. We would have been to the UK every year for the last 5 years but because of the visa requirements we go to Europe or US instead

    • Hi Andrea, yes the requirements are not great are they?

      As a South African passport holder, you will need a visa to transit the UK, except in the conditions detailed above, regardless of who you’re married to unfortunately.

  19. Good Day, I am a British Subject holding a British Passport living in South Africa with my Family, How will this effect Myself & My Family, We willbe travelling to the U.K Next Year. Thank You

    • Hi Frances, this only effect people who don’t hold UK passports. For UK passport holders you can travel as if you were a British Citizen. Your family, if they are not on British Passports will have to abide by the transit visa rules.

  20. Hi Nick,

    If I am travelling with a Canadian passport from SA to USA, do I need a UK transit visa?
    Also, can you confirm that with a Canadian passport I can enter the USA without a US visa, even if I’m coming from SA?

    Thanks so much.
    Peri

    • Hi Peri, thanks for reaching out.

      As a Canadian passport holder you don’t need a visa to enter the USA or to travel via the UK or even to enter the UK, therefore no transit visas would be needed for these countries in any case. It doesn’t matter where you’re travelling from, it’s all about which passport it is.

  21. I recently heard that new passports will be issued with a chip which will cover visas, therefore saving on continually getting and paying for a visa. Are you aware of this?

    • Hi Rhona,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      As of yet, I haven’t heard this. One still needs to apply for a visa, if the country being visited requests this.

      I do know some countries have come into effect where one can apply for an electronic visa like Australia. Other countries have pre-approved visa pick up on arrival. This varies from country to country. Its always best to do ones research on what visa is required / if one is required before travelling.

  22. There is such a fine line with the Transit Visa. Please clarify the following : As from 01 December you can transit the UK (Airside or Landside) without a transit visa to anywhere in the world as long as you have in your SA Passport a valid tourist visa for any one of the following countries :- Australia, Canada, USA or New Zealand and also you do not need to be on route to or from one of these countries. My route is South Africa to France. I will be arriving at Heathrow from South Africa and leaving from Gatwick to France. Can I do this without a Transit visa?

    • Hi Nardene, thanks for reaching out.

      It’s a bit of a grey area at the moment as the rules are fairly complicated and new. As far as we’re aware you can transit the UK to any destination outside of what’s known as the “common travel area” which is the UK, Republic of Ireland and all the British Channel Islands, including the Isle of Man, if you hold a valid US, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport. Before it was only if you were travelling to/from one of those countries via the UK.

      For transiting 2 airports in the UK, I’m not sure if this rule applies, I would suggest that you double-check this with someone at the official visa handling agency.

      For your reference, here’s a copy of the press release: http://www.etnw.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=74760
      Here’s what the UK immigration’s website says: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/transit/yes (they mention that you need to have visited one of the above-mentioned countries within the last 6 months, this was not included in their press release though).

      The official handling agency’s details can be found here: http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centres

  23. Do i need a visa just to change flights at london air port not enter into co

    • Hi Michael,

      Great to hear from you!

      This depends on what passport you are holding and where your connecting flight is departing to.

      If you’re travelling to or from (on part of a reasonable journey to) Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA and have a valid visa for that country, then you will not need a transit visa.

      If you need further information you welcome to visit the following website:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

      Have a great day!

      Marcelle

  24. On gov.uk its mentioned that “You won’t need a visa if you:are travelling from Canada, New Zealand or the USA and it’s less than 6 months since you last entered that country with a valid entry visa.”
    I have a valid H1B visa stamp on my passport but I last entered USA more than 6 months ago with that visa.
    Do i have to apply for Direct airside transit visa?

  25. I hold India passport

    • Hello, did you find an answer for your question? I am in the same situation. I will be going to a Shenzhen state from Canada. I came to Canada as a visitor and I have been here for more than 6 months. The gov of UK site is showing I do not need a visa but again, oneof the rule on the document about changes mentions the 6 months period. I am confused ….

  26. There are a lot of questions arising about visas. I think they should try consulting firms that are offering services about visas and immigration. They would be given answers about their questions regarding visas.

    • Hi JT,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      We have done quite a bit of research with regards to visa’s for the UK, however we do get quite a few interesting questions now and then.

      As we don’t specialize in Visa’s we try assist our clients to the best of our knowledge but advise them to always do research or contact a visa agency who specialized in visa requests / requirements so they can get the most up to date information.

      Yes you are correct, its best that if one has any visa related queries to always double check with a visa service company specializing in this, or go online to: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa or http://www.ge2za.tpcontact.co.uk/visa-centre

  27. There is a rumour that South African citizens who hold a South African Passport and who also hold a British EEC Passport , will in future, have to relinquish their EEC passport, is this true and if so what is the effective date?
    Sincerely Mrs JR Sykes

    • Hi Mrs Sykes,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      I have done some re-search on the internet and found no up to date information stating that South Africans are not able to have dual citizenship.

      For this I would contact the Department of Home Affairs and see what they advise, as they can provide you with the most up to date information.

      Address: 56 Barrack St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
      Phone:021 468 4500
      Hours: Open today · 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

      You also welcome to call the British Consulate, the more information one gets the better:

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      Best of luck!

  28. Hi

    My son-in law and daughter are South African citizens. They currently live in Paris, France. He is busy with studies for his doctorate and therefore has a scientific researcher visa. (Schengen visa Type D). Because they are married my daughter also has this Visa as well as their baby who was born 2 months ago in Paris.

    Do they need a transit visa when travelling from South Africa to Paris via London?

    • Hi Retha,

      Great to hear from you!

      Unfortunately this Schengen visa Type D, will not cover them while in transit in the UK. They will need to apply for a UK transit visa allowing them to go via the UK and onto South Africa.

  29. Please advise if we need to apply for UK transit visas if we are in possession of valid US visas. We will be flying from Cape Town to Orlando, in the US. Our flight however will land at Heathrow airport where we will have to collect our luggage, pass through customs and then travel by road to Gatwick Airport for our connecting flight to Orlando. We will not be in the UK for more than 24 hours.

    • Hi J, as a permanent South African passport holder in possession of a valid US visa, entering the UK for the purposes only of transit and not staying longer than 24 hours, you won’t need a transit visa according to the official current rules.

  30. Hi , I’m a Bangladeshi citizen ,currently studying masters in Sweden and also I have 3 years green card visa from Denmark . Am I allowed to visit UK , just as a tourist while I have no relatives in UK ? Or they will not give me tourist visa ? And what if I want to go to my country Bangladesh through UK , can I get a transit visa ? Thanks in advance !

    • Hi Nadim, I’m afraid I have absolutely no experience in this and am unable to advise. We specialise in South African travellers, travelling from South Africa.

      Please contact your local UK Embassy for advice.

  31. Hi,
    I am permanent resident of Canada and still holds Indian passport. I am planning to visit India in March. Do I need transit visa if my connecting flight is from LHR airport?
    Also if Indian citizen having Canada tourist visa needs UK transit visa if connecting flight is from LHR?

    Thanks

    • Hi Saurabh, I’m not 100% sure how this applies to Indian passport holders, though if you were South African (we are South African based and specialise in South African travellers) you would not need a visa to transit the UK if you held permanent residency for Canada. The best place to check the requirements is here on the UK government’s site: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

  32. I just want to clarify that if I am traveling from India on Indian passport and I am in transit in the UK and my final destination is a Schengen state(Sweden) with student Visa for one year, do I still require a transit visa?

    • Hi Srinivas, Thanks for reaching out. To my knowledge yes a passenger holding an Indian passport will require a transit visa for the UK. I do recommend you contact the British Embassy though and they will be able to give you the most up to date information. Alternatively you can contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) and they should also be able to advise.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  33. Hi,
    I am travelling to ireland as a student. And transit in London.
    Would I still need a uk transit visa?

    • Hi Anita,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are transiting through the UK you will require a UK transit visa.

      There is an exception though, as mentioned in the blog. South African passport holders are allowed to transit via the UK (without a transit visa) to any destination if they hold a valid USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

      Hope the above helps.

  34. Hi I am from Macedonia and i will travel to New Zealand next week but i have conection in UK. I have a valid New Zealand working visa do i need transit visa for UK?

    • Hi Kiril,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Visiting New Zealand, sounds great 🙂

      To my knowledge if you are holding a valid tourist visa for New Zealand one does not need a transit visa when flying via the UK.

      I would recommend you check out the following link just to get the most up to date information, and rules can change at anytime.

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      If you have any further question visa related you are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa requirements and will be able to assist accordingly.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  35. Hi, please can you tell me .. If I have a valid Schengen visa (issued by the Netherlands) and I am literally connecting at LHR to fly to Madrid then I go to Amsterdam and returning via LHR to connect to CPT ..would I still need a transit visa for UK (they say that if one is holding a schengen visa and travelling to the issuing country then no visa is need) as long as I am just connecting ..
    I am first going to Spain and then only The Netherlands .. am I covered or do I need a transit visa?

    • Hi Mamdy,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      You will need a transit visa for the UK if you are only holding a Schengen visa.

      The only time you will be exempt from getting a UK transit visa is if you have a valid visa or residency permit for the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, if you you are not holding one of these, you will need to apply for a UK transit visa.

      You are welcome to check this on the following website:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

      Alternatively you can contact the British Consulate and they should be able to assist accordingly.

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Best of Luck!

  36. I’m an Indian national holding European D visa category from Ireland planning to transit through London Heathrow to India and i have a valid GNIB card am i eligible to transit?

    • Hi Rahul,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we are a South African based company, the knowledge that we do have on visa’s requirements would mostly be for South African passport holders.

      I would suggest yo contact a visa agency who specializes in visa’s for all passport holders and they would be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Rose (Republic of Service Excellence)

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  37. I see on their website it says if you have a Schengen visa and are not checking through bags etc (not going through immigration) then you do not need a visa..although one must be visiting the issueing country of the Schengen visa…

    You’ll need a visa to pass through the UK in transit (unless you’re exempt)

    You should apply for a Direct Airside Transit visa if you arrive in the UK on a flight and leave again without passing through immigration control.

    Exemptions

    You don’t need a visa if you have one of the following:
    ##a visa for Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the USA (this can be used for travel to any country)

    ##a Schengen Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) group tourism visa where the holder is travelling to the Schengen country that issued the visa

    So I have no one to ask whether this would suffice ..I am going to the Netherlands and my Schengen is issued ny Netherlands..
    Any advice would be appreciated
    Regards
    Mandy

    • Hi Mandy,

      We have been advised that if a South African passport holder in only holding a Schengen visa and transiting through the UK they would require UK transit visa.

      If a traveler does not have the valid documents (visa’s) at check-in the passenger will be denied boarding.

      I would suggest you contact Contact the British Embassy or Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specialize in visa’s and they should be able to you the most up to date information.

      Rose (Republic of Service Excellence)

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      Best of Luck!

  38. hi! i am travelling to the US from dubai and i have a stop over at london for 22 hours. can i go and visit london like sightseeing? or do i need to get a visit or a landslide visa?

    • Hi Laila,

      Great to hear from you.

      If you are wanting to leave the airport for sight seeing. To my knowledge you would need to obtain a visa if you wanting to leave the airport and tour around the London.

      For the most up to date information I would suggest you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) they specialize in visa’s and would be able to assist accordingly.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za

  39. Hi,

    My Parents are travelling to India from USA through London . They hold Indian Passport with 10 Year USA Visit Visa.
    Do you know if they need transit visa in UK . They have only less than 2 hours between the flights.

    • Hi Robin,

      Great to hear from you.

      As we are a South African based company we usually give information for South African passport holders.

      I would suggest you contact the British Consulate to see what information they provide for Indian passport holders.

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  40. Hi….
    I m travelling to Canada I have Indian passport n I have 10 hour stop at Heathrow London so can I get on arrival transit visa base of declaration plz tell me

    • Hi Hafsa,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      As we are a South African based we are not up to date with visa requirements for passengers travelling on Indian passports.

      I would suggest you contact the British Consulate and they should be able to give you the most up to date information if a transit visa is required or not.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500

      Best of Luck!

  41. my mother is a nigerian passport holder, she has a USA permanent resident, and will be traveling to nigeria. she will have 3 hours stopover in London. will she need a transit visa?

    • Hi Doris,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we are a South African based company, we would be able to give information for South African passport holders wanting to travel via the UK.

      I would suggest you contact the British Consulate direct with your query and they should be able to give the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  42. I’m traveling to Kenya via Miami & London. My US B2 visa has expired. If I get a transit visa from US, will I need to have also a transit visa from UK.
    Transit time in London is less than 3 hours. Is it possible to remain in a transit area without a transit visa?

    • Hi Patty,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      To my knowledge if one is traveling on a SA passport and has a valid US tourist visa you wont need to apply a UK visa when transiting in the UK.

      However you mentioned you have a US transit visa, this is a something different. To avoid any disappointment I suggest contacting the British Consulate to see what information they provide. They will be able to answer any queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  43. Dear Sir!
    Good evening

    Thanks for your information as expected and the nice concerns.

    I am serving Army Officer of Pakistan Army and at the moment, on deputation to Ivory Coast as UN Peacekeeping Force. I hold Pakistan Official Passport. I am just a normal visitor to the G. Britain and want to avail the 48 hours Transit at London for Tourism. For which, I’m Financially Solvent. I don’t have the valid visa for that.

    Please confirm me that, Am I allowed to get the “Visa on Arrival” OR “Visitor in Transit Visa” at the London Airport>>??
    If yes, do I have to bring some documents along?

    Waiting for your kind response / assistance as usual.
    Thanks in anticipation and kind regards.

    Waqar Nawazish
    Bouake, Ivory Coast.
    Tel: +225 5532 5643
    : +225 6660 5977

    • Hi Waqar,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Travelstart is a South African based company, unfortunately we do not specialize in visa requirements for travelers holding foreign passports, like yourself.

      I would suggest contacting the British Embassy with any queries you might have and they would be able to give the most up to date information.

  44. Hi, I am South African, I have a normal 6 month family visitors visa for the Uk.Do I need an additional visa to take a train tour for a day or two from Uk to Paris, France, while I visit my son in the Uk?

    • Hi Estelle,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you are wanting to travel to France, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa as France is part of the Schengen State.

      You are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) as they specialize in visa’s and should be able to assist accordingly.

      Rose – Republic Of Service Excellence

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Or contact the French Embassy direct on:

      Address: 191, Standard Bank Building, 3rd Floor, 7th Avenue, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, 2196
      Phone:011 778 5600

  45. I’m a South African citizen (SA passport) studying in the US (valid F 1 visa), and was wondering if, under this new legislation, I will be able to fly to South African and back to the US through the UK (Heathrow, London) without being required to have a transit visa.

    • Hi Maricka,

      Great to hear from you.

      To my knowledge if one is traveling on a SA passport and has a valid US visa you wont need to apply a UK visa when transiting in the UK.

      In saying this I would suggest contacting the British Embassy just to clarify this, as they would be able to give the most up to date information.

      I can provide you with the British Consulate contact details in South Africa

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      Best of Luck!

  46. Hi,
    I have an Indian passport and a Dutch resident permit. I’m travelling to India from Amsterdam via Heathrow with British airways. The Tickets are already booked for July 2015. Do I need a transit visa to the UK? Although it’s supposed to be 30£ my total expenditure for the visa is amounting to 127€ i don’t understand..
    can u help me? Totally confused!

    • Hi Reba,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we a South African based company we specialise in South African travellers (SA passport holders), travelling from South Africa.

      It would be best to contact the necessary embassy and they would be able to assist accordingly and give the most up to date information.

  47. hi, third country ( iraq) family member of an EEA national holding a family member residence card for 5 years do i need a transit visa ??
    Thank you

    • Hi Twereq,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We are a South African based company specializing in people traveling from South Africa abroad who are holding a South African passport.

      For this you would need to contact the British Consulate and they would be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      Best of Luck!

  48. Hi Nick. I hold Pakistan Official Passport. I’m going first time to USA and Canada with valid Tourist Visa of 5 years. I’m a tourist and have heavy travel history of Africa, Schengen states and Asia. I wanna visit London during this journey. Can I get the Transit without Visa at London airport by adjusting my flight, may it be of 48 hours??

    • Hi Vikky,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Pakistan passports (we specialise

      in South African travellers) you can check on the following website: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa and here you should be able to get the necessary information required. Alternatively contact the British Embassy direct.

  49. Hi, I have a Bangladeshi passport. I live in Spain and have a residence visa with a NIE. Do I require UK visa to visit UK. I also have a US green card. Pls advise

    • Good Day,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Bangladesh passports as we specialise

      in South African travelers) so we recommend you contact the British Embassy direct and they should be able to assist accordingly.

  50. Hi ,
    I am From India now based in Netherlands since last one year as student. I have residence permit of Europe valid till Sept 2016 .
    Now I am Travelling from Netherlands to India via London Heathrow with 1hr holt and again travelling back from India to Netherlands via London Heathrow with 6 hr holt .
    1) Netherlands – London (Heathrow) – India
    2) India – London (Heathrow) – Netherlands
    (Documents – European union residence permit valid till 2016 Sept)
    I s there any requirement of Visa to travel via London

    • Hi Akshay,

      Thank you for getting in touch!

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports holder (we specialise in South African travelers) so you’ll need to check with the Embassy direct and they should be able to assist accordingly.

  51. Hi Nick,
    I am an indian working on work permit visa in Canada. I am planning to travel with british airways from Montreal to Hyderabad (India) via London,
    I am still not fully satisfied whether i need a transit visa to go through london airport,
    Please can u let me know, as i am travelling next month.

    • H Mohammed, I’m afraid I cannot definitively advise you based on your documents. We deal really only with South Africans travelling overseas and within SA. But, the same rules should apply meaning if you have a vlid work permit for Canada you can transit via the UK. I would double check with the British consulate or embassy (High Commission) in Canada for a definitive answer from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

  52. hi! I am filipino i have entry working permit to Bermuda do i need to get UK transit visa? my fligth details is Dubai to heathrow, GAtwick to BErmuda!? Thanks

    • Hi Nathanniel, I’m afraid I can’t definitively advise you on this based on your documents. We deal mostly with South Africans travelling from SA. I would think though that you will need a UK transit visa to make this journey. Please check though with the British Embassy in Manila, you should be able to do this through this link: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

      Salamat po! 😉

  53. Am a permanent resident of Canada. Do I need a visa to enter UK for less than 24hrs on a working trip from Nigeria.

    • Hi Chikanma, thanks for reaching out. As far as I know you’ll still need a UK visa to enter the UK. If you’re in transit, on your way to Canada you wouldn’t need one, but for a trip to the UK and back you’ll need one unfortunately.

  54. I have got an Ireland visa for an internship program in Dublin City University of Dublin Ireland. I have the below question in mind –
    My flight goes through Heathow Airport London And I have also connecting flight to Dublin within 5 hrs .Do I need to have UK transit visa along with the Ireland Visa (type c)??

    • Hi Swarnendu, if your visas is a biometric visa, you should be okay to travel via the UK, however if it is not a biometric one, you will need to apply for a UK transit visa.

  55. Good Day. I would just like to find out. My friend has a valid SA passport and valid US Visa .He will be flying from SA to the USA LAX and his connecting flights are from Heathrow London. He wil have to wait 4hours for his connecting flight to LAX and 9hours back to SA from Heathrow. Will he need a UK transit Visa? .

    • Hi Tanya, if he’s on his way to the USA, via London with a valid US visa and he’s in the UK for no longer than 24 hours for the purpose of transit only, he won’t need a UK transit visa.

      I did almost the exact same trip on Virgin Atlantic to San Francisco with the same layover times and I didn’t need a UK visa.

  56. hello im asking on behalf of my fiance.she is a Nigerian but has permanet resdence in united states of America which was granted to her in last 2yrs.she wants to fly british airways from united states to Nigeria,without any intention of going inside united kingdom.i asked politely if she needs transit visa for her to pass through air side.please earlier information will help us and thanks co-operating with us.

    • Hi Zim,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am afraid I won’t be able to advise you on visa requirements or if a transit visa is required for Nigerian passport holders (we specialise in South African travellers)

      I suggest you contact the nearest British Consulate and they should be able to assist with any visa query you might have.

  57. Hi, If I have a USA travel visa and I’m traveling from Cape Town to Japan via LHR, then from Japan to USA via LHR again would I need a Transit visa?

    Thanks

    • Hi Seva,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you have a valid US visa you will not require a transit visa for the UK.

  58. Hi, I have an US F1 visa and will travel to my home country -Vietnam and will stopover at Heathrow for 4 hours. Do I need a Transit Visa?

    Thanks,

    • Hi Tina,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the this as we specialise in South African travellers holding SA passports.

      You can check on the following website: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa or contact the British Consulate direct and they should be able to answer any visa queries you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  59. Hi! Thanks for the informationen provided. Me and my partner are going to Europe next month after vacation in Peru. I am a Swedish citizen and my partner is an American citizen, however he doesn’t have that much room left for stamps, we have a flight to Sweden-Sthlm and its like follows:
    Lima Peru to Madrid Spain to London England to Stockholm Sweden. So we are pretty much entering a Schengen country first (Spain), will he get an entry stamp and exit stamp here? Or will he only get an entry stamp in Spain? (since they can probably see that our final destination is Stockholm?) or will he get an exit stamp because the next layover is in London? (The layover is 2 hours), in that case, will he also receive an entry and exit stamp in london? And then when we land to Stockholm Sweden a new entry stamp for Schengen? I don’t think he has enough room for what could possibly be 5 stamps in just one trip!
    Or can the case be that just Spain stamps the entry stamp as a Schengen and thats pretty much it? And once he leaves Sweden in 2 months he will get the exit stamp then?

    If you could please be nice to answer what you think/know. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Ella,

      Thanks for the interesting question. When traveling abroad the passengers needs to have 3 blank pages in their passport and it needs to be valid for 6 months from date of return.

      While in transit in the UK you will not pass immigration’s so no stamps will be given. With regards to the exit stamp in Spain this is a grey area and is up to the immigration officials if they will stamp his passport or not.

  60. Hi , sir i have one year Portugal temporary residence card , i am going to india by British airways i have 9 hours stay on heathrow airport. Can i go out to visit duing my 9 hours stay with transit visa or something else ? Thanks

    • Hi Gurjeet,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you have a transit visa for the UK you will not be able to leave the airport. This visa only covers you for while in transit.

  61. I am a canadian PR .Srilankan Passport .i am planing to coming from Srilanka-london -canada. london transit 24 hours can i visit my son in low in hospital very serious condition ,i have hospital document for proof .can i go out side and comeback with my husband and myself.?

    • Hi Kamaly,

      Sorry to hear about your son in law and wish him a speedy recovery.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a sri lankan passport holder, we specialise in South African travellers. I suggest you contact the British Consulate and they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  62. hi guys… if i have a Visitor In Transit Visa (48 hours) , im given 48 hours to transit, im arriving in London Heathrow and i need to transfer to Gatwick to catch my connecting flight the day after, on way to gatwick i still have 35 hours for my next flight, can i go sightseeing for a while and take pictures… has anyone done that ?

    • Hi Dino,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The Transit Visa is to be used for Transit purposes only when transiting from one airport to another and not for sightseeing.

      If you are wanting to go sightseeing along the way I don’t think the immigration officials would know, again i’m not sure. It will be up to the passengers discretion if they wish to do this or not.

  63. Hi
    I hâve à valid 10 year french “card de séjour” or work-permite.do i still need a transit visa for thé uk.Will Only be airside.
    Thanks

    • Hi Wes,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure if this “card de séjour” will cover you for this. I suggest you contact the British Consulate direct to see if a transit visa is required or not. They will be able to provide the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  64. Hello, my boyfriend is South African and he is currently visiting me in Germany on a Schengen visa. His flight was directly from Johannesburg to Frankfurt.
    We want now to travel together from Germany with BA via London to Miami.
    He has a valid visa for the US. Can he fly from Germany via London to Miami without a transit visa since he has a valid US visa or does the exemption from transit visa only apply if he flies from South Africa via London to US?

    It doesn’t make sense for him to fly first back to SA and then to US since we are planning to come back from US to Germany (again via London).

    Thanks for advise
    Tina

    • Hi Tina,

      thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      To my knowledge no matter where the passenger is flying from, while in transit in the UK, if he holds a valid US visa he should be covered.

      In saying this I would still suggest you contact the British Embassy just to clarify this.

      Enjoy your holiday in the States

  65. Hie,
    i am so stressed . I am a Zimabwean passport holder and i am in Guyana. i my itinerary to go back to Zimbabwe has been booked to transit via London -Gatwick airport then i connect within the same airport. I have an onward confirmed ticket
    I am worried to know if i need a transit visa or not? and i if i need one how can i obtain it because here in Guyana the British High Commission office does not have a visa department office and they told me they cant help. I tried to do the online application but it seems it will take time. i am so confused

    • Hi Antonetta,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Zimbabwean passports holders, and if a UK transit visa is required. To my knowledge you probably would need one.

      I would suggest contacting the British Embassy on your side, to see what information they can provide you with and the way forward in applying for a transit visa.

      Best of Luck!

  66. Dear Sir,

    I have a plan to visit US (Kansas city, MO) to pursue higher studies. I already have a valid student VISA(F1) for the same. I have planned my journey to start 3rd Aug, 2015 from Kolkata.

    According to my flight schedule, I am having a 18 hours layover at London Heathrow Airport. I will land at LHR, Terminal 4 (Jet Airways) on 3rd Aug, 6.30 pm and will board on 4th Aug, 12.20 pm from lhr, Terminal 2 (United Airlines).

    I will be highly obliged if you kindly assist me regarding my queries:

    1) Do I need to have a Transit VISA for this layover / boarding the departing flight from LHR?
    (Considering that, I will stay in LHR only for the entire layover period)

    2) If yes, what type of Transit VISA i need to have specifically and how can I get that?

    3) What are the options / How to use the LHR lounges in LHR to spend this 18 hours and from where I can get those details?

    Thanks in advance,
    Regards,
    Shubhabrata Mukherjee

    • Hi Shubhabrata,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You are welcome to check on the following link if a UK transit is required:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/transit/no

      here you will need to answer a few questions one of them being, what passport you are traveling on etc

      To my knowledge, South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      I would suggest you contact the British Embassy direct just to double check you have the most up to date information.

  67. Hi,

    My cousin is Indian citizen who is working in USA on H1B. He is visiting Slovenia on business visa for a meeting and would like to visit us in Dusseldorf, Germany before travelling back to USA after staying with us for 2 days and he found a cheaper flight from Slovenia to Germany through London.

    So does he still need a transit visa though he is having a valid US visa but not transiting through London for US flight???

    • Hi Chowdary,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I would suggest your cousin contacts the British Consulate and they will be able to assist with any queries he might have.

  68. Hi there!

    I am a South African currently living and studying in the US (I have a valid F1 visa as well as a valid US tourist visa). I have been in the US since July 2014. I will be travelling to SA via London Heathrow. I arrive and leave from terminal 5 but have a layover of 10 hours. I understand that if I stay airside I won’t need a transit visa (correct?) but since the terminal has no lounges that I can access, I was wondering if I am allowed to leave the airport for a few hours (to check into an airport hotel) without a transit visa?

    Thanks for your help – I have read all the rules but am still rather confused!

    • Hi Tess,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately you will not be allowed to leave the airport. You will only be permitted to leave the airport if you have a valid UK visa.

  69. Dear receiver,

    Dear receiver,

    A university has booked me a ticket to travel from Hamburg, Germany to Cali, Colombia passing by London and Miami. I hold a Colombian Passport with a Schengen Visa type-D and I am not sure that I can be able to travel to London without a transit visa. Could you kindly assist me on this regard? I´ve already checked the website https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa but still its not clear for me either if I`ll have to pass the control boarder or not.

    Thanks in advance,

    Camilo Salamanca

    • Hi Camilo

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Colombian passports (we specialise in South African travellers) so you’ll need to check with the official handling agency or contact the Embassy direct on your side and they should be able to assist with your query.

  70. hi i am travelling to uda i have visa for usa
    now i am travelling through british airways i have layour for 14 hours in heathrow airport uk.
    do i need to apply fo uk visa or transist visa

    • Hi Ankit,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      In addition, the United Kingdom made changes recently to its transit visa policy, which is positive news for South Africans. The direct airside transit visa fee was reduced to £30 (R536,19) in October this year, and its routine validity was extended to two years.

      Different rules apply to Landside Transit Visas where en route restrictions do apply to the exemption document criteria.Landside Transit refers to passengers who arrive at one airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who have to pass through UK immigration to collect and re-check baggage before their onward journey, and therefore need to enter the UK.

      If you have any further queries you welcome to contact the British Embassy direct they should be able to answer any further questions you might have.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  71. I have a permanent New Zealand Residency Visa do I need to apply for a visa to travel to the UK, even though I hold a South African passport too? I am Disney ship crew and I am really struggling for answers.

    • Hi Sanchia,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      I am afraid I am not sure on this and would suggest you contact the British Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency Teleperformance. They should be able to answer any queries you might have.

      http://www.tpcontact.co.uk

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      Or British Embassy:

      ISSUING AUTHORITY:
      British High Commission, Visa Section
      PRY Liberty Life Place, Block B,
      Ground Floor Glyn Street,
      between Pretorius & Schoeman Sts,
      Hatfield, PRETORIA, 0083.
      PO Box 13611, Hatfield, 0028
      Tel: (012) 421-7500
      Fax: (012) 421-7888

  72. Good day

    I just want to clarify something quickly referring to a question asked in the blog earlier please? I am in a similar situation than Retha’s son in law in this question:

    My son-in law and daughter are South African citizens. They currently live in Paris, France. He is busy with studies for his doctorate and therefore has a scientific researcher visa. (Schengen visa Type D). Because they are married my daughter also has this Visa as well as their baby who was born 2 months ago in Paris.

    Do they need a transit visa when travelling from South Africa to Paris via London?

    Marcella’s reply was:

    Reply
    Marcelle Fenix
    December 11, 2014
    Hi Retha,

    Great to hear from you!

    Unfortunately this Schengen visa Type D, will not cover them while in transit in the UK. They will need to apply for a UK transit visa allowing them to go via the UK and onto South Africa.

    I am really confused!! I thought a residence permit in an EEC country is one of the exemptions?? I am also a South African citizen living in Paris with a working visa and want to fly to SA and back to Paris via Heathrow with my wife and 1 year old son. My only concern is my son as both my wife and I hold valid UK visas. My son was born in France and have a valid 4 year residence visa. Does he need a transit visa for the UK??

    Kind regards
    Meyer

    Read more: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/new-changes-uk-transit-visas/#ixzz3bc90CL2b
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    • Hi Meyer,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’ve done some further research and found the below information. However it does state:

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      NOTE: A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

  73. I have a pakistani passport and want to know if i can transit at heatgrow airport if i have valid tourist visa for canada

    • Hi Shifa,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We specialise in South African travellers so I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Pakistani passport holder.

      I suggest you contact the Consulate direct and they should be able to assist. Alternatively you can try use the following link below this might answer any queries you might have.

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

  74. my wife and my child is traveling to Republic of ireland,, they transit is at London ( uk).
    They have received Irish visa and have have their biometrics done when they applied for the visa. Do they need a transit visa for UK for coming to republic of ireland

    • Hi Amrick,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and hold an Irish biometric visa, regardless of your route and final destination a UK transit visa will not be required.

      If you hold any other passport other then a South African passport I suggest you contact the British Embassy direct and they should be able to assist with your query.

  75. Hi.. I’m planning to visit St. Kitts and nevis. As I’m living in UAE, I can have two airbus. British airways and france airways. And there’s not any direct flights from Dubai to St. Kitts nevis. So I do need a transit visa or direct airside transit. Can you please tell me the requirements for the direct airside transit visa requirements for Bangladeshi nationals..

    Thank you

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Bangladeshi passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers. You’ll need to check with the Embassy direct and they should be able to assist with any questions you might have.

  76. I will be flying to the USA via Heathrow and departing from Gatwick within 24hrs. Will i require a transit visa?

    • Hi Nadia,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight en-route to the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:

       Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.

      The TWOV concession allows passengers to connect to onward flights both airside or at an alternative airport as long as the connecting flight to the onward destination is taken within 24 hours

      Should you be travelling to the US with a transit in the UK, but you are landing at Heathrow and your connecting flight is at Gatwick, you can use the TWOV concession to get from one airport to the other as long as the connecting flight takes place within 24 hours of your arrival in the UK.

  77. Thanks for all your useful tips.
    I’m flying to the Netherlands on the 26th of June via London where I will be connecting from a BA flight to another flight. Besides the Schengen visa that I’ll hopfully be given, I have a B1/B2 US visa valid till 2018. The last time I was in the US was June 2014.

    I’m not sure if I’ll need to cross border control or not – I guess it depends on the flights, but I’ll only be in transit for a few hours before heading onto the Netherlands.

    Will my US visa suffice or would I need to apply for a transit visa?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Franki,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      The above information can only be used as a guideline and we do recommend you contact the British Consulate just to double check as they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  78. I am travelling to USA on valid US immigrant visa CR1 from Afghanistan, Do I require to have a UK transit visa since i will be having around 8 hours of stay in UK, though i asked this question from the Virgin Atlantic customer care agent but they couldn’t give me a proper response while they told me to contact british embassy in Kabul.

    Thanks and regards,

    • Hi Masehullah,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements or if a transit visa is required for Afghanistan passport holders as we specialise in South African travelers.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy and they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  79. Hello, I have a small doubt regarding visa. I am an Indian student on F-1 visa status for USA. I will be travelling back from India to USA. I have a layover of 10 hrs at CDG airport. Is it possible for me to leave the airport and visit some places or do i need a visa for that?

    • Hi Pratik,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a visa is required for an Indian passport holder or not we specialise in South African travelers.

      To my knowledge you would need a Schengen visa to leave the airport. I suggest you’ll need to check with the Embassy direct.

  80. I am bangladesh citizen by birth.currently i am in south africa as a business permit holder.now i want to travel to my country bangladesh by british airways.so wt must i do to get or please tel me the riquirement of transit visa

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Bangladesh passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers. You will need to check with the Embassy direct or you welcome try the below link:

      https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

  81. Good day Marcelle and Nick,

    My Wife and I work on a superyacht and want to go in holiday to Grand cayman, we will fly from Europe to Grand Cayman via London Heathrow. Returning from Grand Cayman to South Africa via London Heathrow again. Do I need transit visas on both occasions or do they dismiss the fact that you are coming from the schengen area en route to Grand Cayman. Earlier this year we did the same route but from south – africa to grand cayman and grand cayman to Hungary ( my wife is Hungarian) They didnt even ask me once when I was in transit the two occasions as we only 1h45 min to catch the next flight, and I paid for the visa and also a R3500.00 push service to receive my visa with in 3 days and it was all for nothing. Can you please clarify if need a visa this time round flying from Europe as stated above in the 2nd line of this paragraph

    • Hi Hendrik,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and in transit in the UK you will need a transit visa, even if you hold a schengen visa. The UK is not part of the Schengen state and their visa’s will not cover you while transitting in the UK.

      They check your passports upon departure. If you do not have the correct visa’s etc, they will deny you boarding.

      The only South African passport holders who are exempt from applying for a UK transit visa while in transit are:

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      The above is just a guideline, I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  82. Thanks Marcelle,

    Maybe I was just the odd one out on those two occasions earlier this year, as no one even looked at my british transit visa in my passport flying from SA and flying from Grand Cayman via Heathrow. The only time they checked for a visa is when I entered the schengin state in Hungary. Funny how a person does so much effort by paying a lot of money and running around just to have lazy immigrations thats not doing their jobs properly. Anyway appreciate the help and advice. Have a great week

  83. Hi there,

    First thank you for the great information. I have a Spanish Work visa D category, Is that what mean by EEC D visa ? can I use it as transit visa.

    Thank you

    • Hi Suresh,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

  84. Hi Hendrik,

    I have type D long stay visa for Denmark and I have 11 hours transit London heathrow airport in my journey.

    I applied for a residence permit for Denmark and it has been permitted. The type D visa is for me to arrive and get the residency card. Could you please advise me on should I have to have transit visa to stay in heathrow?

    Thanks in advance
    Dinushika

    • Hi Dinushika,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      This below information should be used as a guide only and we suggest you confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy direct.

      A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

  85. Hi Marcelle,

    I have type D long stay visa for Denmark and I have 11 hours transit London heathrow airport in my journey.

    I applied for a residence permit for Denmark and it has been permitted. The type D visa is for me to arrive and get the residency card. Could you please advise me on should I have to have transit visa to stay in heathrow?

    Thanks in advance
    Dinushika

  86. My mother has Finnish travel document , she is traveling to muscat oman by Oman airline through Heathrow , she will stay 2 hours in Heathrow airport. Does she need transit visa? Could you please answer to me as soon as possible.

    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you mother is a South African passport holder she will need a transit visa when transiting in the UK.

      There are a few exceptions where a South African passport holder will not require a UK transit visa, please see below:

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  87. Hi ! I live in USA and hold Green Card as well as Refugee Travel Document (RTD) which allows me to visit some countries in Europe without Shengen Visa. So Im planning to visit Netherlands. And I have a layover in London. Should I I get transit visa and how can I get it?. Thanks for answer!

    • Hi Alexandr,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on this as we specialise in South African travelers

      To my knowledge American passport holders do not need a transit visa, however I am not sure what passport you are traveling on.

      It is best to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to answer your question if a UK transit visa is required or not

  88. Hi Marcelle Fenix , My mother has a residence permanent permit granted by the state of Finland.
    sincerely
    Ali.

    • Hi Ali,

      A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

  89. I’m traveling to uk under tourist visa can I use it as we’ll to visit ireland to meet friends for a day trip? Please help thnx

    • Hi Eva,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and visiting Southern Ireland no Visa Required as they are not part of the UK.

  90. Hi ,
    I am an Iranian citizen and I am travelling from Canada to Iran through Dublin. I am holding a valid Canadian visa and work permit. Do I need to get a transit visa to go through Dublin airport? my layover is about 4 hours in the same day ( 5:20am-9am).
    Thank you

    • Hi Razieh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Iranian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the embassy direct and they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  91. Hi i live & work on a permit in Ireland ( ROI ) what fly vir LHR to Cape Town do i need a airside visa thanks.

    • Hi Neville,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to let us know what passport you hold before we are able to try answer any queries.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy direct and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  92. I am a South African passport holder my nephew and daughter want to travel abroad during school holidays for at least a couple of weeks or ten days. How much money would they need in total say for 10 days staying at reasonable prices hotel. They got cheap tickets to Dublin via Amsterdam connecting after a few hours please confirm they do not need a visa. The daughter wants to go to Disney world Paris do they need a visa

    • Hi Mimi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes they will need a Schengen visa to travel around the Schengen states like France and Amsterdam.

      You are welcome to go onto our website http://www.travelstart.co.za to see prices of hotels as they cost varies depending on time of year they travel and where they would like to stay. You also welcome to contact our direct sales team at travelbar@travelstart.com should you need assistance on making a hotel booking for them.

      Depending on which country they are applying through for their Schengen visa they will also need show they have sufficient funds to support them during their stay in Europe this is about R500 – R600 per day per person.

      Every Schengen country shares more or less the same requirements into issuing a visa to the needy party. However there are slim differences here and there, depending on the consulate/embassy on the required documents additional to the main identification papers and your current economic status.
      A unified exemplar of the requested documents with the additional information is meticulously described and listed below:
      The application form must be fully completed and signed in the corresponding blanks.
      One photo is to be attached; the photo must have a passport format, full-face capture, and a light background. The photo must be recently taken.
      The passport as well as all the copies of your previous visas, valid for at least 3 months prior to your departure is required. The passport must have at least two blank pages.
      One must have a copy of the reservation of the return ticket for the time intended to be travelling. It is not recommendable to buy the ticket before getting the visa, if not necessary.
      The travel medical insurance policy is to be secured, covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to ones native country due to medical motives. This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to 30,000 euros, the sum depending on the residing days, and also it has to be valid in all Schengen countries. The health insurance policy must be purchased before picking up the visa and if your visa is refused you can cancel it!

      I suggest you contact the official visa agency or Embassy direct to see what the exact requirements are.

  93. Firstly, thanks for the great help with this.

    Im a South African passport holder flying from Dublin to Heathrow landing in terminal 2 with a transit time of 11hours ( 22.30 pm – 9.30 am ) before I fly from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi from terminal 4. I have a valid usa visa and have last visited usa in may 15. I have only intentions of transit, but am not sure if I will pass border control, although it seems I will go through maybe 2 security checks via the 2 terminals? Please enlighten me to if id need a visa?

    • Hi Irfaan,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      In addition, the United Kingdom made changes recently to its transit visa policy, which is positive news for South Africans. The direct airside transit visa fee was reduced to £30 (R536,19) in October this year, and its routine validity was extended to two years.

      Different rules apply to Landside Transit Visas where en route restrictions do apply to the exemption document criteria. Landside Transit refers to passengers who arrive at one airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who have to pass through UK immigration to collect and re-check baggage before their onward journey, and therefore need to enter the UK.

  94. Thanks for your speedy reply.

    So I should be good to go without a DATV.

    Between terminal 2 and terminal 4 there wont be border control as this is the same airport and Is considered airside?

    must arrive and depart by air from same UK airport on same day = 24hours ? as my transit runs through midnight spanning 11 hours to the next morning ( 22.30 pm – 9.30 am )

    thank you.

    • Hi Irfaan,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You should not require a transit visa as you are leaving within 24 hours.

      Please see below information for transit visa for UK.

      We however do suggest you contact the British Embassy direct as information could change at anytime and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

      Transit Visas for the UK
      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight enroute to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND or AUSTRALIA may travel to the UK under the ¡§Transit without a Visa¡¨ (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:
      „h Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
      „h Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
      „h Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.
      The TWOV concession allows passengers to connect to onward flights both airside or at an alternative airport as long as the connecting flight to the onward destination is taken within 24 hours
      What does this mean?
      Example: Should you be travelling to the US with a transit in the UK, but you are landing at Heathrow and your connecting flight is at Gatwick, you can use the TWOV concession to get from one airport to the other as long as the connecting flight takes place within 24 hours of your arrival in the UK.
      Please note: South African passport holders holding a category C Schengen visa must still obtain a UK visa if transiting the UK enroute to a Schengen country.
      What is the difference between Landside and Airside at the airport?
      Airports are divided into landside and airside areas.
      „h Landside:
      Refers to the area of the airport that you would have access to before Immigration Control:
      a. If you are going to be taking a flight, landside would be the area that you are leaving when you go through security and immigration to board your flight. Or
      b. If you¡¦re connecting to another flight at a different airport, it would be the area of the airport that you enter after Immigration Control to take your taxi or transport to the airport in question.
      In simple terms, landside would be the area that you would say goodbye to friends/ family that are not travelling with you, and where people would receive you upon arrival.
      „h Airside:
      Refers to the section of the airport that you have access to after going through Immigration Control:
      a. If you are taking a flight, airside would be the area that you are entering when you are about to board the plane.
      b. If you¡¦re connecting to another international flight at a different airport, it will be the area that you leave when you go through immigration control.
      c. Connecting to International flights at the same airport will be on the airside.
      In simple terms, airside would be the area that in most cases, you would be able to make duty free purchases.
      Please go to http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for more information or feel free to contact us on 0861 837 221 or at PTA.VisaEnquiries@fco.gov.uk.

  95. I hold valid Indian passport. I am in Oslo, Norway on work purpose holding valid temporary residence permit of Norway (Valid till Apr 2016). I am travelling to India for a 25 day vacation from Olso via London in British Airways. I have valid tickets including return tickets. Should I require UK transit visa.

    • Hi Venu,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would require a transit visa but I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to double check if you need to apply for this.

  96. Hi
    My girlfriend is meeting me in Dublin and she is South African (we understand she does not need a visa for Ireland). She has a stopover in Heathrow. Can she get the transit visa when she arrives or does she need to apply before?
    Thanks

    Richard

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      She will need to apply for her UK transit visa prior to departure.

      There’s no official time-frame mentioned anywhere with regards to the processing time when applying for a visa but it usually takes about 2 weeks. For Christmas and the British summer months, they advise applying a little longer in advance.

  97. Oh also meant to say she leaves six hours later from the same terminal (2)

    Thanks

    Richard

  98. my mum has a green card and we have a layover of 11hours and we need to go into london. so we dont seat in the airport for 11hours. is it possible?

    • Hi Esther,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If she is flying on a South African passport to my knowledge she would need a UK visa in order for her to leave the airport.

      You are welcome to contact the US Embassy to confirm this.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  99. Hi! I am going to visit the UK and will have the required visa. During our stay we will also be going to Spain. Do I need an additional visa?

  100. Hi,
    I am holding a indian passport. Working in Bermuda. when I apply transit visa through UK, they ask UK address as well. I don’t know anyone there. What should I do. I am appling for Visitor in Transit. Please guide. Thanks

    • Hi Tarun,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialize in South African travelers.

      If you are in transit to my knowledge they shouldn’t be asking for any contact details as you will not be visiting or staying at a hotel.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy or official visa handling agency and they should be able to assist and answer any queries you might have.

  101. Hi,

    I am Indian national with a valid US Visa. I would be traveling to New York from New Delhi via LHR, wherere is a layover of 19 hrs. I would like to know if I need a Visa in case I want to step out of the airport.
    If needed, what VISA would be I should get – DATV/Visitors in Transit/Tourist.
    When I try to apply for ‘Visitors in Transit’ at UK VIsa application site, the website displays that this visa is not suitable for sight seeing, meeting relatives etc.

    Can you please help. Thanks in advance !

    • Hi Saurabh,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge if you wish to leave the airport to go look around London (even if only for a couple hours) you will need a tourist visa.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy or the official visa handling agency and they will be able to answer any questions you might have and assist in applying for a tourist visa should you wish to tour around London.

  102. I am Djibouti national and I want to travel to Sweden via UK airport transit with the Schengen visa ‘C’. Do I need transit visa?

    Thanks

    • Hi Yunis,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Djibouti passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I can tell you though that a Schengen visa does not cover any traveler when transiting via the UK as the UK is not part of the Schengen State.

      You will need to contact the British Embassy to see if you require a UK transit visa.

  103. I am flying to Male and have to change flights in Sri Lanka I am from the UK do I need a visa? Thanks Shaun

    • Hi Shaun,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for British passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to answer any queries you might have if a transit visa is required

  104. Hi,

    I am an Indian passport holder with a valid Swiss L permit. I am planning to travel from Zurich to Mumbai via LHR through British Airways and return via LHR as well. Could you please let me know if me, my wife and son will require a transit VISA?

    Thanks,
    Vikas

    • Hi Vikas,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy they will be able to answer any visa related queries you might have.

  105. Hello,

    I hold an indian passport and I ,m a stagier in France and I have one year valid Type D visa from France, As I go home through London airport do I need transit an I will be connected with Britsih airways and virgin atlantic, i have transit of 2 hours in outbound and 1:45 hours inbound flight.kindly let me know, please Thank you

    • Hi Akhil,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      To my knowledge you will need a UK transit visa with transiting through the UK on an Indian passport.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  106. My daughter Indian Passport holder, is going to Dublin for studies on study visa (Biometric). Does she need a transit visa in London for onward journey? Further after one month she wishes to visit her friend in London for one week. Is she required to have a separate visa for UK? where can she apply for UK tourist visa? in Dublin or India?

    • Hi Rakesh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      To my knowledge a passenger traveling on a Indian passport will need a transit visa when transiting through the UK. If they are visiting they will then need a visitors visa.

      For further enquirers you welcome to contact the British Embassy or the official visa handling agency Teleperformance LTD they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  107. Hello there,
    I hold an Indian passport. And I have a valid 10 year US Tourist Visa (B2 category) and Canadian study permit. To add to this i have stayed in US before for 1 year on other visa. I have a layover at London Heathrow airport for 8:30 hourd and I will be flying with Jet airways. Do I need a tansit visa in my case.
    Also, I would like to know if I would be able to visit London or even leave the airport building.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Shivam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on visa requirements for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      You will need to contact the British Embassy direct. They will be able to answer any quereis you might have.

  108. Hi I I have an Indian passport and staying in Germany on a work permit which is valid till 2016.
    I am travelling to USA on Tourist VISA(B2) from germany with transit in London, UK. Do I need to have a transit visa even if layover is not more than 8 hours.

    • HI Sidhartha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirement for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I think its best you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  109. Hi, I am Bolivian, holding a Bolivian passport but I have been living and studying in France for 7 years. (I have the D visa and a student residence card). I will be going to Bolivia soon and on my flight back I pass through the UK for a 13-hour transit. I also have a US tourist visa for 10 years and my connecting flight comes from Chicago.
    Do I need a transit visa?

    It might not mean anything, but I also have an Argentinean passport, could I maybe go through immigrations with that passport?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Paola,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Bolivian or Argentinean passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency and they will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  110. Hi there, could you please explain what is the meaning of the 24/48 hours transit visa? i have read couple Q&A above but one thing is not clear to me (what is transit area of any airport?) Can’t i go outside the airport let say London City or any other city within my connecting/layover time? Or in other scenario lets say i am returning from USA (i have valid USA visit visa) USA (JFK) to London Heathrow and then Manchester to SA . (meaning i will be changing cities in between my flight ) in this case what is the rule of transit visa? Or i am coming back from USA FJK to London Heathrow and let say 30 hours or so Layover in this case can i go outside the airport area?

    Would appreciate for your detailed reply.

    • Hi Kawsar,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As of December 1, South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      In addition, the United Kingdom made changes recently to its transit visa policy, which is positive news for South Africans. The direct airside transit visa fee was reduced to £30 (R536,19) in October this year, and its routine validity was extended to two years.

      Different rules apply to Landside Transit Visas where en route restrictions do apply to the exemption document criteria. Landside Transit refers to passengers who arrive at one airport but are catching an onward flight from another UK airport or who have to pass through UK immigration to collect and re-check baggage before their onward journey, and therefore need to enter the UK.

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  111. Hi
    I’m travelling on my South African passport but I have Irish EUFam 4 stamp recidancy card. Can I fly through Heathrow?

  112. Hi.

    The mother of my wife is coming to visit us in Berlin, Germany and she has to fly to Heathrow airport and change from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 to take her flight to Berlin. She is only in transit. She comes from Ecuador Southamerica and is Ecuadorian. Does she need a visa to get through Heathrow airport.? Do you know if she has to pass Border Control?

    • Hi Christian,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Ecuadorian passports as we specialize in South African travelers.

      To my knowledge she would need a UK transit visa but I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency. They will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  113. Hi, would you please advise, we are leaving on our holiday soon. Depart from South Africa, lay over at Amsterdam app 3 hours, on ou way to Ireland. Same route back. Do we need a visa?

    • Hi Yolandi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are only transiting through one Schengen State you will not need a transit visa.

      However I suggest you contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency just to double check.

  114. Hi, I have the Palestinian Refugee passport issued by the Lebanese government and I hold a valid US student visa. I plan to transit through London (4 hours) to Lebanon, would I still need a transit visa?

    Also if I got a transit visa, and I renew and got a new passport will the visa still work?
    Thanks

    • Hi Yazan,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Palestinian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency who will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  115. Hey I am travelling to the Czech Republic but I have to transit via the UK and I have a category D visa for the EEA Area Czech Republic,will I need a UK transit Visa?

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      A South African passport holder who has a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA state or a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA state can transit the UK without a visa, provided they have a confirmed onward booking and are transiting within 24 hours. If they have a Category C Schengen visa, they need a UK transit visa.

  116. Hello, I want to travel to Morocco for holidays and I will be flying through Stansted Airport London from Prague. I already checked the gov.uk website but I want another opinion because i dont want to risk, send back home in the border. I have an Albanian citizenship, resident permit from Czech Republic and visa from Morocco. I will change the flight inside the same airport within 6 hours. Please can you advise me if I need a visa just for the transit? Thank you.

    • Hi Endrit,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Albanian passport holders as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency or Embassy direct they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  117. I am a Guyanese though,just sorta clarifying it.

    • Hi Paul,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for a Guyanese passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      Previously what I sent was for South African passport holders.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency, they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  118. Hi! I’m a Philippine passport holder. I booked a flight from Manila to Madrid via Heathrow London on September 2015. I will be in Heathrow Airport for 9 hours and I was told that there will be a baggage transfer, terminal transfer from T4 to T5 and I also need to undergo customs inspection. I have a valid US visa and type D Schengen visa. Will I still need to get a UK transit visa? Appreciate your feedback.

    • Hi Erika,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the the visa requirements for a Philippine passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      You will need to check with the British Embassy or official visa handling agency direct.

  119. Hi’

    i’m travelling to USA with student via UK as 17 hours stay-over. i knew that i should get a transit visa but is there any chances or hurdles that i come across this process for stay-over for around 18 hours in UK before my next connecting flight.

    Thanks’

    • Hi Saikiran,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m not sure what your query is. If you can please let us know what exactly you are looking for assistance with.

      Or you welcome to contact Teleperformance they are the official visa handling agency for all UK visas they should be able to answer any quereis you might have.

      The website address is : https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  120. Helllo, i have a uk and us visa, am travelling from Uk to Lagos transiting thru madrid airport with a 5hours layover and baggage collection.

    pls would i need a transit visa?/?

    • Hi Yemi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport and you are only transiting through one Schengen State a transit visa will not be required when in transit.

      However I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to make double sure and get the most up to date information.

  121. Hii..this is sravya ..I am an Indian citizen traveling from India to Chicago via London holding non immigrant visa.In London I have a transit time of 18hrs and my next flight is on the next day of my arrival to London.Should I need a transit visa ??I don’t want to leave the airport anyway.Please help me..with this situation since my flight is on Aug3rd

    • Hi Sravya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements or if a transit visa is required for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct, they should be able to assist and answer any queries you might have.

  122. Hi! I am from India and planning to visit Geneva and have applied for Schengen Visa. I have a USA visa. I am transiting via London to Geneva. Is it necessary for me to get a UK transit Visa.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Renuka,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I know for SA passport holders who hold a valid visa for the USA do not need a UK transit visa.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

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      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
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  123. I am from India holding USA visa. Is it necessary to have UK transit visa to pass through London to go to Geneva with a Schengen tourist visa?

  124. Hi!

    I am an Indian citizen. I am working in Vienna, Austria. I am travelling to USA and do not have a UK transit visa. My layover is for 19 hours.
    I have valid US VISA and work permit in Austria. Please advise me if it is necessary for me to get a UK transit visa to go out of the airport.

    Thanks in advance.
    Neha

    • Hi Neha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      For this you will need to contact the embassy direct or the official visa handling agency for assistance.

  125. Hello! I have a friend from Bolivia who is coming to study in Norway. He has a Schengen Visa which only last 30 days I believe (tourism visa) to be able to enter the country, but he has a stay permit for Norway from UDI. Can he transit through the UK without a transit Visa since he is travelling to a Schengen country?

    • Hi Daniel,

      thanks for contacting us.

      The UK is not part of the Schengen state so his Schengen visa will not cover him while in transit in the UK.

      For further information he will need to contact the official visa handling agency or the British Embassy direct with regards to applying for a UK transit visa.

  126. Hello,

    I am an Indian passport holder traveling back from America to Bahrain on a 10 Hours transit in Uk. I have a valid US visa. will I be allowed to meet my friend in UK in those 10 hrs of transit time.

    Thanks

    • Hi Alwyn,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements or if a transit visa is required for an Indian passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency or the British Embassy to get the relevant information.

  127. Hello, I have a Nepalese passport. I also have a Temporary resident permit from Portugal to study for 2 more years. I am travelling from Stockholm to Lisbon with a 4 hour transit in STN London airport. Do I need a transit visa?

    • Hi thanks for reaching out. To my knowledge you shouldn’t need a transit visa, but if I were you I would check with the UK Border Agency to be 100% sure: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

  128. Hey, I wonder if you could assist me. Our family is flying to the USA in Sept and will be needing to transit between Gatwich and Heathrow. We have valid USA Visa’s however, SA passports.
    From my understanding, and correspondence with Virgin Atlantic, we do not require UK Visa’s as we are travelling out the same day and have valid USA visa’s. My wife and I visited the UK in 2011 so have had our biometrics done, however, our kids (4yr old and 1 yr old) havent. Do you believe that under the current Transit without Visa rules we will be able to pass through border control to get to Heathrow with out a visa?

    • Hi Jason, according to the official rule currently you won’t need a visa to transit the UK. This is providing that your only reason for entering the UK is for transit and you’re heading directly to your next flight which is on the same day.

      Here’s a link to the rules on your situation: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/transit/yes Just read further down to the “Transiting without a visa” section.

  129. Hi,
    I have an Indian Passport and a valid Canadian visa along with the work permit which expires in the end of 2016. I will be travelling to India shortly for a vacation. There is a layover of 4 hrs in London before my connecting flight to India. Even the return flight has a layover of 4 hrs in London before my connecting flight to Canada. Please let me know if i require a UK transit visa.

    Thanks & regards,
    Harish Kumar

    • Hello Harish, unfortunately I cannot speak definitively for non-South African passport holders, but to the best of my knowledge it should be an issue. I would use this link to check online: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa and if you’re still unclear, please contact the closest UK consular office in Canada.

  130. Hi, Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.
    I’m a Namibian National with a valid US. Permanent Residence (Green Card)
    I am travelling to Windhoek, Namibia via LHR and Johannesburg.
    I have a friend in London, and a 10 hour layover.
    What are the rules, and will I be allowed Landside?

    Thank you.

    -John

    • Hi John, technically you’re not allowed to leave the transit area if you don’t have to in order to catch your flight. There’s nothing stopping you though from asking a border agent if they’d let you leave the transit area to visit your friend. I have heard of people who have been given permission to enter the UK for a couple of hours, but it’s at the discretion of the border agent you speak to and they have every right to say no to you.

  131. Hi Nick.

    I am a US permanent residence and i am traveling to Nigeria in September and transiting through London. Do I need a Transit Visa for a 2 hour stopover to connect my next flight to Nigeria and from Nigeria back to the states?

    • Hi Ike, I’m going to assume that you have a Nigerian passport here, you didn’t mention it specifically. I’m not an expert on the situation with Nigerian passport holders I’m afraid, but my best educated guess would be that you wouldn’t need a transit visa.

      I would use this tool to check your specific situations and the exemptions which apply: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/

  132. hi,
    i am traveling from Jordan to USA with a 15hrs layover in London, i hold a green card for USA and also i have a valid UK business multi 6m visa. So can i enter london during the layover hours or its required to have a transit visa specificaly in this case ?
    thank you very much.

    • Hi Fadi, thanks for reaching out, I’m unfortunately not an expert on requirements for Jordanian passport holders. My best educated guess though is that if you’re allowed to pass through the UK in transit without a visa that you would not be allowed to leave the airport. That being said, you can always ask the border agents in Heathrow if they would let you enter the country for a few hours. This will always be at the discretion of the border agent concerned and will never be guaranteed.

  133. Hi there

    My family and I would like to travel to Ireland. We are South African passport holders. So if the flight lands in Heathrow for 2 hours, do we need a transit visa. If one holds a Euro Passport do you still need a transit visa?

    Thank you
    Bianca

    • Hi Bianca, yes that’s correct, a South African passport holder will require a transit visa to transit to Ireland via Heathrow. The EU passport holder will not need a transit visa for this journey though.

  134. I’m holding ticket of British Airways as per below itinerary Bombay – London – Miami – La Paz // Lima – Miami – London – Bombay, where my final destination is South America & im just transiting via UK & US. Im indian citizen holding confirmed US & South American visa. will i require transit visa for UK ??

    • Hi Roma, I’m afraid I’m not an expert on the situation with Indian passports (we deal with South African travellers here), so I suggest you check this with the embassies concerned. To the best of my knowledge though you will need a valid US visa to travel via there. For the UK, if you hold a valid US visa you may not need a transit visa for that country. Again, I suggest checking this with the UK embassy to be sure.

  135. Hi there

    Thanks so much for this site, I will be travelling to the US from SA via London, and was a bit shocked that I would have to get a transit visa. But this page cleared that up (US visa exemption).

    I just wanted to ask though, if I wanted to sleep over in one of the hotels in Heathrow (my dad with heart issues will be travelling with me, and he might need the recovery between connecting flights), and resume travel the next day to the US, does holding a US visa also exempt you from having to apply for the “Visitor in Transit” visa? The one giving you 48 hours in UK.

    I need to find this out for sure, so I can book my connecting flight accordingly.

    • Hi Zaahir, thanks for reaching out, I’m glad this page came in handy.

      Technically you should be continuing on to your final destination within 24 hour of arriving in the UK, they say “on the next available flight” so stopping over for the night might actually not be permitted on the visa-free transit option. If you’re going to be staying at a hotel in the transit area of the airport in Heathrow, you may be allowed to do this using a transit visa. I would double-check this with the Border Agency, as I have not yet encountered a situation like this: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  136. Hi there, hoping you can assist me. I am traveling to Europe next month via London. It is for a short trip so I have a short stay Schengen visa. I do hold a U.S. Visa but it is in my old passport which is still in my maiden name. All arrangements for this trip as well as my passport and Schengen Visa is in my married name. Would this US visa still be valid so that I don’t need a UK transit visa?
    Thanks so much!
    Lindi

    • Hi Lindi, unfortunately I don’t know the answer to this question. If it was in your current passport and you had travelled recently and it was in the same name, I would say sure, go for it without the visa, but with your situation I would check directly with the border agency for some advice: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  137. I am Cambodian. I will travel to USA this week. I hold USA tourism visa for 3 months. Am I required to apply for transit Visa in UK?
    Thank you so much for your kind help.

    • Hi Sam, thanks so much for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not an expert in dealing with Cambodian passports (we’re based in South Africa). But my best guess would be that you won’t need a transit visa to go via the UK if you hold a valid US visa, are in transit for just a few hours and are on your way to the US on this journey. This is the best tool to use to check if you need a visa: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/

  138. If one is in transit at heathrow can one get a uk visitor?

    • Hi John, I’m not sure I understand your question. Are you asking if you can visit someone while in transit? If that’s what you’re asking, it will be at the discretion of the border agents at Heathrow whether you’ll be allowed to leave the transit area, but generally one isn’t allowed to do so.

  139. hi i am filipino … going to the fakland islands….how can i apply for transit visa if i will only passing via england thanks

    • Hi Mariah, thanks for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not an expert of what happens with Filipino passports, however since the Falklands are part of the UK, I would say that you should try to apply for a visa for both the UK and the Falklands at the same time. It might be possible to do it in one application.

  140. my friend will sponsor me to visit him but he dont know about the transit visa

  141. Hi Nick, if I book tickets separately (DUB – LON and LON – SFO), when I fly from DUB to LON, do I need to go out and go through customs again or can I go directly to the gate for my other flight? Thanks!

    • Hi Kerry! You’ll very likely need to go and collect your luggage after customs before checking in for your next flight to SFO if you have 2 tickets unfortunately. You can ask the check-in people in Dublin but I’m almost certain that you’ll need to pick your bags up in London again before proceeding on to your next flight.

  142. Dear Paul, I am an Indian passport holder and working in Netherlands with Valid Netherlands work permit and staying in Netherlands from past one year. Last time i visited India without any issue via Amsterdam to Germany and from there i took my next connecting flight to India. I had immigration check and baggage check in Germany without any issue due to common European border control.

    This time i am planning again but via London. I have seen uk visa check page for transit visa. I have few questions and confusion
    On the uk visa check site a question is “What passport or travel document do you have?”
    If i mention Indian passport, and then select option “Transit (on your way to somewhere else)” it asks for “Will you pass through UK Border Control?” (for which i think answer should be NO, please correct me if i am wrong) if i select NO even then it says “You’ll need a visa to pass through the UK in transit (unless you’re exempt)” and under exemption i see “you have a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland” ….. i feel lost here and unable to understand that can i take confirmed flight via Heathrow or not.

    Also
    If i consider Netherland Work Permit as “travel document” i.e. if i choose Country as Netherland in the first step it says i dont need visa.

    Please let me know
    Q1 Should i select India or Netherlands in the 1st visa check option?
    Q2 Is Netherlands Work Permit suffice as valid travel document? (In this case i would be able to travel)
    Q3 Is work Permit and Residence permit same things?
    Q4 Finally can i travel without any issue via Heathrow? If yes then whether my transit time will be limited to 24 hours only?

    • Hi, thanks for reaching out. I must warn you that I do not know the procedure for Indian passport holders, but I will answer your questions as if you had a South African passport. The UK visa site will under all the circumstances you mentioned above say that you need a visa to transit, it will then list exemptions to that rule. So, it will always say: rule is you need a visa, but here are the exceptions to the rule. If the site is saying to you as an Indian passport holder that the exemption is for holding the EU visa you currently hold, then go with that. If you’re still unsure, speak to the UK border agency here: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

  143. Hi Nick,

    I will be travelling with a Indian passport from India to USA. I have a valid USA Visa. I will be changing flights from Heathrow. If I have a overnight layover time of 14 hours between connecting flights (India -> London, London -> USA), do i require transit visa in UK?

    Also can you please confirm if i can go out of airport to meet my friend and do some sight seeing?

    Thanking you for your valuable help.

    • Hi Chirag, thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I can’t advise definitively for non South African passport holders. I suggest you contact the UK border agency for clarification here: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

  144. Hi, I would like to travel to Dublin via London and from this blog it appears that I need a transit visa. However when I try to apply for a transit visa via the website, regardless of which option I choose, it says that if I am travelling to Ireland I must NOT apply for this. I am extremely confused! Please could you advise?

    • Hi Sharon, thanks for reaching out. If it’s saying that then I would suggest you apply for the regular UK visa. However, a good option may be to check directly with the UK border agency for advice: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

    • Can you please let me know what you did for this trip? My South African girlfriend (who doesn’t have any European visas) has booked flights to visit me in Dublin this Christmas but is unsure whether she needs to apply for a full UK standard visitor visa to transit to Dublin via Heathrow.

      This seems a bit ridiculous considering that there is no visa for South Africans to visit Ireland and will only be in the airport for 3 hours either side to catch her transfer to/from Ireland.

      Any advice would be much appreciated as the transit visa specifically states that you cannot obtain one if travelling to Ireland – leaving the only two options (which are unclear) of (1) no additonal visa required or (2) a U.K. Standard visitor visa is required to catch the connecting flight to Dublin in Heathrow (despite both legs of the flight being with BA).

    • Hi there Dermot,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. – Charlene

  145. Hi there,

    We planning on flying from LAX to JNB via LHR. We both have B1/B2 US visas. We also planning on making the same trip back i.e. JNB to LAX via LHR. Just double checking that we dont need UK transit visas?
    Thanks

    • Hi Madeleine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  146. Hi, just want to check, my client holds Philippine passport, they will fly out of Dublin to Hongkong via London Heathrow, will they be needing a transit visa? Thank you and warm regards.

    • Hi Chelo, I unfortunately can’t speak authoritatively for Philippine passport holders, we deal almost entirely with South African passports here. My best guess is that they will need a transit visa for the UK since most developing country passport holders need one, particularly if they’re travelling from Ireland. The best is to contact the UK Border Agency for clarification, though I’m almost certain they will tell you that they will need a transit visa. The best is to fly them via continental Europe or the Middle East (Dubai/Abu Dhabi/Istanbul).

  147. Hello, I will be traveling to france via UK from the United States and have a valid US visa. I will be traveling on a category C tourist schengen visa on September 23. I have a UK visa that starts on September 26 though. Will I need a transit visa while going to France from the US via London? I am not sure if I have to re-check the bags or cross border control. I do not intend to leave the airport.

    • Hi Priyal, if you are travelling on a valid South African passport and hold a valid US visa and are in the UK in transit for no longer than a day, you shouldn’t need a transit visa for the UK. See this link for clarification and to check if your situation matched the exemption requirements for UK transit visas: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/south-africa/transit/no

  148. Hi there 🙂
    I’m not sure if anyone has asked this question before but I just wanted to find out how this applies to my situation…
    I will be studying in Belgium for 5 months so I have a Long Stay Schengen Visa. However, I would like to take the train across to London for a day or two some time in those 5months in order to visit a few places. I also have a US Visa which is still valid to 2020.
    Do I still need a visa? And can I apply for my visa while I’m in Belgium, as I do not know when exactly I plan on traveling to London?

    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Hi Camille, thanks for reaching out. Sounds like quite an exciting year ahead for you. To answer your question, the US visa only exempts you from needing a transit visa for the UK, not from needing a regular visitor visa. So in your case, yes, you’ll need to apply for a UK visitor visa. You should be allowed to apply for the UK visa from Belgium if you have a long stay visa for that country. It will however be at the discretion of the UK border agency. To get the answer from the horse’s mouth, I would suggest contacting them: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk

  149. Hi
    I am a Pakistani national living, working and residing in Saudi Arabia. I have a 5-year multiple visa for the United States of America and I frequently travel back and forth between Saudi Arabia and USA for holidays.
    My question is if I travel on British Airways then I have to transit thru Heathrow – the stop can be like almost 6 hours – since we have to change flights. For this short stop, would I need to get a transit visa for the UK?

    • Hi Terence,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Pakistani passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct and they should be able to assist and answer any queries you might have.

  150. Not sure that the long list of posts above clarifies the point :). I’m travelling to US from New Delhi through UK (on VA flights, Indian passport) and back. I have a valid US Business Visa.
    The onward flight from New Delhi lands at Heathrow and the takes off from Gatwick for US (there is 6 hours gap). Return flight from US lands at Gatwick and takes off from Heathrow for New Delhi (11 hours gap).
    Wanted to know, for both onward and return, if I need a transit Visa? If yes, is it issued on arrival in UK or I need to apply and obtain it before travel? Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I know with South African passport holders if one is holding a valid American visa you will not require a UK transit visa.

      It’s best to contact the UK Embassy direct and they should be able to shed more light and answer any questions you might have.

  151. Hi,

    I’d like to know if I do require a UK transit VISA. I’m taking a flight from Dublin-LHR-Mumbai and Viceversa. I’m a Indian Passport holder, working in a Dublin,Ireland on a Work Permit(Stamp – 1 Visa, Visa type -D). The flight I’m going to opt is British Airways to and fro. I won’t be leaving the Heathrow airport as flight arrival and departure are on Heathrow. Also to and fro flights on Heathrow are within 24 hours. I’m not sure if I’ll be crossing immigration if connecting flight is from another terminal on Heathrow. I’d be really grateful all kinda information.

    Thanks,
    Shiv

    • Hi Shiv,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need a transit visa however I suggest you contact the UK embassy direct and they should be able to assist with any questions you might have.

  152. I intend to visit US for 18 weeks on a valid B1/B2 (tourist) visa. I am an Indian National & hold US visa for Multiple entries valid until Aug 2025. Some of my relatives are in UK, especially in London.

    Now while planning my itinerary for going to US & coming back to India I found British Airways offering me some non-expensive flights from Mumbai, India to US destinations & back but I have to wait at London Heathrow for 22h 55m & 11h 55m respectively.

    Can I use these hours to meet my relatives outside the airport at their places without any formalities / visas ?

    • Hi Mina,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are wanting to meet your family in the UK you will need to pass immigration which means you will need a valid UK visa in order for you to enter the country.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency in India who should be able to let you know what all the visa requirements are for an Indian passport holder applying for a UK visa.

  153. Hi, what is an Irish biometric visa? I hold a stamp 4 GNIB card for Ireland which is my permission to remain. Do I need a transit visa to UK on a South African passport? I live an work in Ireland..

    • Hi Born,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You may be required to provide your biometric information as part of the visa application process.
      Biometric information means information about your distinctive physical characteristics including –
      (a) measurements or other assessments of those characteristics, and
      (b) information about those characteristics held in automated form,
      and references to the provision by a person of biometric information mean its provision in a way that enables the identity of the person to be investigated or ascertained.
      For the purposes of the visa application process it refers to the capture of your fingerprints and, in some cases, a digital image of your face.

      If you are a South African passport holder you will need to apply for a UK transit visa.

      This is just a guideline and we suggest you contact the official visa handling agency direct to to clarify this.

  154. Hi – I have a UK visiting visa valid for multiple entries till April 2016, I’m an indian citizen and planning to fly from US to India (Mumbai) via London, so changing my flights in London – so can you pls tell me if I need a UK transit visa ?

    Thanks very much…

    • Hi Deepesh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you have a valid visa for the UK, you should not require a transit visa when flying via the UK.

      You welcome to contact the UK embassy direct to double check.

  155. Hi Nick,

    I will be travelling to Rio (Brazil) next month on an Indian Passport. I have a valid US Visa(B1/B2) till 2024.
    Can i transit via london??

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Anish,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I know for SA passport holders a valid US visa will cover you while in transit in the UK. However I am not sure if the same applies for Indian passport holders.

      The best would be is to contact the UK Embassy direct and they should be able to assist with your query.

  156. Hello Nick, I am married to a Romanian Citizen. On October 4, we will be flying to Paris (me, my husband and my son) then go to Romania for my sister in law’s wedding then will go back to Paris.Me and my son are both carrying a Filipino passport and also both a Permanent Resident of Canada ( we both have a valid schengen visa). Now, before flying back to Toronto from Paris, my son requested if we can see London even just for overnight so we can see some tourist spot. I want to apply for UK visa but I’m afraid I might not have enough time because I need our passport in my possession before our October 4 flight to Paris. Having said that, can we apply for a UK Transit Visa instead when we get there? Will really appreciate your reply. Thank you and more power.

    • Hi Gen,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For all visa’s to the UK you will need to apply before you depart, as they do not issues visa’s on arrival.

      If you are wanting to pass immigration and go into London to visit the sights you will need a tourist visa, a transit visa will not cover you for this.

      You are welcome to contact the official visa handling agency to see what the waiting time is on a UK visa. This time is just an estimate though.

      Teleperformance Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges.

  157. HI,
    I have Indian Passport. I live in Denmark with residence card for long term stay for work purpose.
    I am planning to go to India. My flight is from Billund (Denmark) – London – Mumbai.
    DO I need UK Trasit visa for this travel?

    • Hi Pritam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you’re an Indian passport holder you will need a transit visa with flying via the UK.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency to assist with applying for a UK transit visa.

  158. Hi,

    Im holding a Srilankan passport , Im travelling to US (I have a valid US visa) and im travelling from Qatar (as im currently residing in qatar) .Im travelling via manchester and I have a stop over for three hours, could you advice me if I need a transit visa if so how will I apply and how long will it take.

    Thanks alot
    Best Regards

    • Hi Kavinya,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Sri Lankan passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I would suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct to see what information they can provide you with.

  159. hi…so I am travelling via UK from South Africa to Mexico – on the flight there I am arriving and leaving Heathrow, on my return I am arriving in Gatwick and leaving Heathrow – so I need both of the transit visa’s (Direct transit and Visitor in Transit VISA) – is that correct or can I make one application? Thanks so much!

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      To my knowledge you should be able to apply in one visa application.

      However in saying this we suggest you contact the visa handling agency direct or British Embassy as they should be able to give the most up to date information on this.

      TELEPERFORMANCE LTD is the handling agency. The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      or

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

  160. I am a holder of a Lebanese passport. I hold a US Visit Visa. I will have a 2 hour layover in Heathrow airport, will I need a transit visa to layover for those two hours?

    Regards,
    Bassem.

    • Hi Bassem,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I know for South African passport holders if you hold a valid US visa this will cover you while in transit.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Lebanese passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the British Embassy or official visa handling agency and they should be able to answer you query.

    • Dear Marcelle,

      Thank you for your reply, much appreciated. I have checked on UK.gov website, it’s seems I am exempt from the UK transit visa cause I have a valid US visa.

      Regards,
      Bassem.

  161. I am an indian citizen . Currently working in netherlands with a Work permit. I am planning to travel from amsterdam to india via UK. Do i need a transit VISA?

    • Hi Malikarjun,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need a UK transit visa, however I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency or Embassy direct.

      They should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  162. hi
    Im living in Norway and i have a residence card issued by norvegian authorities,im from kosovo and i have a kosovo passport .
    du i need a visa to come to UK,
    i would be very gratefull if you help me in this casse

    regards

    • Hi Merita,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the what the requirements are for a Kosovan passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency direct, they should be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  163. I am traveling from America from Addis Ababa via London to Mexico City, I will be in transit for 5hrs, Do i need transit Visa? I havea Somali passport with Mexican Valid Visa.

    • Hi Kaafi,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Somalian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      It’s best you contact Embassy or the official visa handling agency direct and they should be able to assist with any questions you might have.

  164. please Guide me about traveling from Pakistan to uk (0ne month stay and then travel to USA .
    Should i get one way tickets or round trip???

    • Hi Asif,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a Pakistani passport holder you will not be allowed to travel on a one way ticket to the USA. You will need to show that you have a return ticket back to your country of residence.

  165. Hi Paul,
    thank you for the valuable information and making the process a little easier for people like me 🙂

    I am travelling from South Africa to Amsterdam via Heathrow. I do not have a valid UK visa at the moment, but I do have the appropriate tourist (type C) Schengen visa and also a valid US visa (type B1/B2).
    do I still need to apply for a transit UK visa? the Consulate does not answer visa related questions on either of the numbers supplied for PTA or CT. I went to the consulate in CT and the staff on duty couldn’t answer my question.

    Would appreciate your feedback.
    thank you !

    • Hi Liza,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the official visa handling agency direct. I will provide details below as information could change and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      Teleperformance is the official visa handling agency.

      Their website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

    • Thank you Marcelle for the value feedback.
      With regards to the “expanded list of exemption documents” what will that comprise?
      thanks

    • Hi Liza,

      thanks for your reply.

      It’s best you contact Teleperform the official visa handling agency and they will be able to assist with any further queries you might have.

      Their website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      Read more: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/new-changes-uk-transit-visas/#ixzz3nlkrw66O
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  166. Hi, I am an Indian Passport Holder with valid U.A.E residence visa. I am planning to travel to U.S (with Return Ticket) from Dubai with a valid 10 years multiple entry U.S.A visa via London (Heathrow) and gonna stay there in US for 16 days.

    On my way back to Dubai from US i have a connecting flight at London. The halt is for 8-9 hours and i need to visit one of my relatives in London, so do i need to apply for a UK visa as i have to pass the immigration or will the border control people allow me to go and come back as my flight is back in 8 hours.

    Kindly provide the necessary information .

    • Hi Huzefa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are wanting to pass through immigration in the UK you will need to apply for a visa which will allow you to leave the airport, visit your friend and return to catch your return flight.

  167. Hey there
    I have a schingen visa and i have booked a flight for Amesterdam_ london(LGW) _Verona. I travel with an Iranian passport. There are 2 questions:
    Should i get a transit visa?
    Will I have a problem to enter Verona? (Obviously my shengen visa is single entry)

    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for an Iranian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency for the UK and the Embassy who issued your Schengen visa, they should be able to answer any queries you might have.

  168. do spanish people need a transit visa via london

    • Hi Nitin,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A person traveling on a Spanish passport does not require a transit visa with traveling via the UK.

  169. hello,
    i m an indian citizen and going to canada for my further studies(student visa).
    i have a hault of 20 hrs in heathrow airport , and want to leave airport and visit tourist attractionin london for around 5 to 6 hrs
    so is it possible for me to go outside the airport without any visa or else i need visa?

    • Hi Shoaib,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      However to my knowledge you would need a visa to leave the airport to do some sight seeing and return to catch your connecting flight.

      Best you contact the official visa handling agency they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  170. Hi I am an Indian Passport holder and i am planning to fly to US via Heathrow in British Airways . I am arriving at Terminal 5 and after 4 hours halt i have a flight to US via Terminal 3 . Do i have to pass through Immigration counter? as i dont have visa for UK.

    Kindly advise me on this

    • Hi Huzefa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      As a South African traveller even if you do not pass through immigration a transit visa is still required (or they will not let you board from your outbound destination)

      I think the same requirements apply for an Indian passport holder where a transit visa is required. However I do suggest you contact the British Embassy or official visa handling agency they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  171. Hello. I’ am traveling from Ireland to India via LHR. I’ m Indian citizen with valid Irish bio-metric visa, do I require transit visa for my travel? Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Hi Simer,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Also exempt from a UK Transit Visa are holders of Irish Biometric Visas. South Africans rarely hold these kind of visas as they don’t need a visa to enter Ireland for the purposes of tourism. If you don’t have this visa for Ireland, you will need a visa to transit the UK on your way to or from the Republic of Ireland.

      I do suggest you contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency as this information could change at anytime.

  172. hi,
    i have a Indian passport, currently in Lagos, Nigeria on residence visa. i intend to visit India via London and stay in London for 2 days. i want to apply UK visa from Lagos. so should i apply for general visit visa or transit visa.
    thanks in advance
    Regards,
    vimal

    • Hi Vimal,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Should you be visiting in the UK for 2 days you will need to apply for a UK visitors visa.

  173. hi question only, for Philippine passport holding US visa, going to US but transiting to london, and change airport heathrow to gatwick then go to US, does this require visa??

    • Hi Mariam,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if your US visa covers you while doing a landside transit in the UK as we specialise in South African passport holders.

      I know for a South African passport holder a valid US visa will cover a passenger however I am not sure if the same rules apply for a Philippine passport holder holiday a US visa. It’s best you contact the Embassy or the official visa handling agency direct they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  174. Hi, Can you please advise if it is possible to travel to Nairobi (Kenya) through London coming from USA. I only have a valid USA visa and going to Kenya.
    Note that, I am from D.R.Congo
    Thanks
    Joel

    • Hi Joel,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for a Congolese passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For a South African passport holder if they hold a valid US visa and transiting via the UK they do not require a transit visa, however I am not sure if the same rules apply for a Congolese passport holder.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they should be able to shed more light and answer any questions you might have.

  175. Hi! I am travelling to India from USA and back using my Indian Passport. I have expired US Student Visa but a valid EAD/AP card which allows multiple entries in and out of USA. Do I need a UK transit visa if I plan on leaving the airport and coming back within 24 hours to catch my next flight? and Would I still need a transit visa if I do not plan on leaving the airport?

    • Hi Ashish,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would need a visitors visa if you are wanting to pass through immigration and go into London and then return back to the airport to catch your connecting flight.

      A transit visa only permits you to be in transit while waiting for your next flight, but if you are wanting to go do sight seeing or visit someone in London and return you will need to apply for a visa.

      You welcome to check with the Embassy or official visa handling agency they might be able to give you the most up to date information.

  176. I am Vietnamese and now oversea student in Finland. In december I will have a trip to my country Viet Nam and transit in UK. So I would like to ask that Do I need Visa for Transit in Uk If I have Finnish Residence Permit. I have checked on https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/vietnam/transit/yes that i could transit without visa if i have a common format residence permit by EEA. thank you

    • Hi Tu,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a transit visa is required for Vietnamese passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I would suggest you contact the official visa handling agency on your side to see what information they are able to provide.

  177. Hii.. i am harkirat singh…i am an canadian international student and i am going india my back home for 1 month…i had a valid study visa till november 2016…i want to know that as i am travelling via london and i had a 2 hrs stay and my terminal will be changed…do i require a UK transit visa?

    • Hi Harkirat,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      It’s best you contact the official visa handling agency they will be able to assist and answer any questions you might have.

  178. Hi,

    I am scheduled to travel to Germany via London in Nov. I am a SA passport holder. I will not be clearing immigration in the UK. Transit time at LHR is 2 hours on the same day. Do i require a transit visa?

    Thanks

    • Hi Cassim,

      Yes you will require a transit visa even if you do not clear immigration.

      If you do not have a required visa they will not permit you to board in South Africa

  179. Hi there,

    I will be traveling to Europe in January 2016, I will be traveling from South Africa to Germany (Berlin) so I will have my Schengen Visa done for that. After Germany I will be traveling to Ireland, which as I understand I do not need a Visa for.
    My question is regarding flying back to South Africa from Ireland.
    If my stop over is in London, and my layover is between 1 and 7 hours for example, would I require a Visa because of that stop over being in the UK?

    • Hi Lou,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Yes you would need a UK transit visa if flying via the UK unless you have a valid one of the following: a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA which will allow you to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  180. Hi, I’m travelling to Europe (From South Africa via Heathrow to Munich).
    i have a Schengen visa in my new passport and a valid USA visa in my previous(expired) passport. do i still require a transit visa for the UK.

    Many Thanks in advance

    • Hi Deon,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would need to travel with both your valid and expired passport so they are able to see your valid US visa, which will allow you to transit in the UK.

      However I do suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct or the official visa handling agency Teleperformance just to double check and get the most up to date information.

      British Consulate in Cape Town
      Address: 15th Floor Southern Life Centre 8 Riebeeck Street , 8001 Cape Town
      Tel: 27 (0) 21 405 2400

      British Consulate in Pretoria
      Address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 2 Pretoria
      Tel: 27 (0) 12 421 7500
      Fax: 27 (0) 12 421 7555

      The website address is : https://uk.tlscontact.com
      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges. It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centers are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

  181. Hi,

    My wife has valid schengen visa. She is travelling from India to Stockholm, Sweden via Heathrow (UK). She doesnt have any valid UK Visa. Is it ok to travel via UK ??

    Thanks,
    Srinivas Attaluri

    • Hi Srinivas,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a UK transit visa is needed for Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge your wife would need to apply for a UK transit visa however you welcome to contact the official visa handling agency direct, they should be able to give the most up to date information.

  182. Hi all,
    I’ll be travelling to India for H1B stamping shortly via London and had a question about the transit visa.
    My situation:
    – My status is currently H1B (H1B started from Oct 2014 but visa is not yet stamped).
    – My F1 stamp is expires in June 2016 (but since my status is now H1B, I’m not sure if the stamp will be considered “valid”).
    – Do I still need to get a transit visa (DATV) before I fly? The layover is for 3hrs and I won’t be leaving the airport (will just change terminals)
    I thought that as long as we don’t cross the UK border, we don’t need any kind of UK visa but UK seems to have a different policy for transits. Any advice will be appreciated. I plan to fly in Nov 2015.

    • Hi Rahul,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      If not you will require a UK transit visa.

      I do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency Teleperformance as they specialize in this and will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  183. I am scheduled to travel to Bermuda via London in Dec. I am a Chad passport holder. Transit time at LHR is 9 hours on the same day. Do i require a transit visa?

    Thanks

    • Hi Abdalslam,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on if a UK transit visa is required for a Chad passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would require one, however I do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency direct they will be able to assist with any questions you might have.

  184. hey…
    I hold an Indian passport but I do have a valid US B1/B2 visa in my passport. I want to travel from St. Lucia to Dubai and my intenery is SLU – LGW and LGW – DXB. Do I require a UK transit visa since I dont have a stop in US during the travel? Looking forward in hearing from you

    Thanks

    • Hello,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on if a transit visa is required for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For South African passport holders if they hold a valid US visa and transiting through the UK a UK transit visa is not required, however I am not sure if the same rules apply for Indian passport holders.

      You will need to contact the British Embassy direct and they will be able to advise accordingly.

  185. Hello,

    I am currently residing in Singapore for 6 years but an Indian National.I will be transitting through london to Boston and return via the same route.

    While going to the US I only have 4 hours transit time at Heathrow where I will need to change terminals and change flight from SQ to BA.-Will I need DATV for this transit?

    While coming back I have a 11 hour lay over and planning to exit the airport.-Can I apply for visa on arrival or have to apply for tranist visa in advance?

    PS:- This is a business trip,

    Thanks,
    Anuja

    • Hi Anuja,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I do know for South African passport holders if you hold a valid US visa they can transit through the UK without obtaining a transit visa. I am not sure if the same rules apply for Indian passport holders. And should they wish to leave the airport due to a long layover and walk around London and return, they would need to apply for a UK tourist visa.

      I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency direct, they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have.

  186. Hello Sir,
    I have a Category D France (Sauf CTOM) Visa..Can i transit through london from Paris to India..im travelling this december.Thanks in advance for your support

    • Hi Aravind,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and holding a Schengen visa this will not cover you while in transit in the UK.

      I do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency or the British Embassy direct, they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  187. Hi
    We are travelling to Cape Town in December on South African Passports but have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. My daughter only has her immigration letter vs a stamp in her passport and last time we went it wasn’t enough for the airline. We applied for a returning resident visa which was processed within about 3 days. I will need to do that again this year as the old one expired but I cannot remember the name of the company who processes them and I need to make an appointment. Please can you help with some contact details? Thanks.

    • Hi Carla,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The official visa handling agency for UK visa’s is now a company called Teleperformance.

      You are welcome to contact them direct on:

      Contact details:
      021 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173
      Please note! The above numbers are a paid service and there is a cost of +- £1.37 UK Sterling per minute in addition to your standard network charges. Please have a valid credit or debit card ready to process your payment.

      Register on Teleperformance after booking your appointment – otherwise you risk unnecessary delays. See GOV.UK for more information regarding visa applications, paying your fee and booking your appointment for one of the visa application centers online.

      This international inquiry service will provide an improved service to visa customers: https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

  188. hi there i am traveling from moroco to chicago and i hape a stop in dublin, ireland?
    my husband hold and my child hold an maerican passport but i have a grenn card,
    i want to know if i need visa to go out , because we need to book a hotel near airport ? so we need to go out

    • Hi Lili,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for American passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they would be able to provide you with the most up to date information if a visa would be required.

  189. hi, I’m Ukrainian working in Ireland ( work visa)
    I will be transferring UK flying to London City and leaving from Heathrow to Norway

    do You think I need to apply for the transit visa ?

    Thanks for the reply in advance

    • Hi Alina,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Ukrainian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You would need to contact the British Embassy or the official visa handling agency direct they will be able to advise accordingly.

  190. Hi, I’m joining a schengen state tour in march and it will start and end in London. I’m a Filipino and a permanent resident of USA. I’m flying to London and will stay there for 2 nights (less than 48 hours) and after 2 weeks will go back again to London (by tour bus), stay there for 1 night then fly back to USA the next day. What kind of UK visa do i need to get.
    thanks

    • Hi Maria,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Filipino passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency direct or the British Embassy they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  191. Hello, I will be travelling from India to Canada via London Heathrow airport with a lay-over of 16 hours in London Heathrow airport, I will need to change terminals there to get on to my outbound flight to Canada. I will hold a valid Student Visa for Canada, do i need a transit visa for UK in this case??
    Plz get back to me ASAP.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Debadatta,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport and in transit in the UK you will need to apply for a UK transit visa at the official visa handling agency.

      If you are an Indian passport holder I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements as we specialise in South African travellers.

  192. Hello
    My name is love, a Nigerian and am currently in America with a valid visa. I would like to know what documents do I need to make the transit possible if I want to transit from America with British Airways to England or Scotland.
    Please your earliest response will be of great help to me.
    Thanks.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct, they should be able to assist and answer any questions you might have.

  193. Assistance please
    I know its probably been asked before, but for my clarity:I’ll(south african citezen using South african passport) be travelling to the USA transiting via UK for 3-8h max… when they say u r exempted from getting a UK DAT visa because you have a valid visa to the USA, Canada, Australia etc …. Does it matter what type or class US visa u have? What’s the diference between Permit residence and visa . Thank you

    • Hi Sino,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I wont be able to advise if it matters what class of US visa you hold which will exempt one from obtaining a UK transit visa.

      For this you would then need to contact the UK official visa handling agency Teleperformance and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

      I can confirm if you have a valid US Tourist Visa this will cover you while in transit in the UK.

  194. So am I correct in understanding if someone is returning to SA from the US via London (with a valid US visa) he will be able to transit without getting a transit visa – no documents other than valid passport and US Visa required.

    • Hi Carol,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      That is correct if you have a valid US visa you are able to transit in the UK without applying for a UK transit visa.

      However in saying this we do advise you to contact the Embassy direct just to make sure you have the most up to date information.

  195. I am Pakistani passport holder having valid USA visit visa for till 2020.i am now on visit in USA and planning to go back to Pakistan via uk..may i visit uk?to getting uk visit visa on uk airport???

    • Hi Javed,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a visa is required when visiting the UK on a Pakistani passport as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need a visitors visa if you are wanting to visit the UK.

  196. Hi, thanks for the useful info. I just want to make sure. I have a Swedish residence permit and a South African passport. Travelling via the UK to South Africa in December. I am spending a maximum of 3 hours in the airport. Do I need a transit visa for Heathrow?

    • Hi Nadine,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport you will need to apply for a UK transit visa.

  197. Thanks Marcelle. Does it make a difference if I have a valid 10 year U.S. Visa?

    • Hi Nadine,

      To my knowledge as long as you holding a valid US visa this should cover you while in transit in the UK.

      In saying this, the rules could have changed at anytime and as we do not specialize in visa’s we do suggest you contact the Embassy or the official visa handling agency. They will be able to give the most up to date information and answer any questions you might have.

  198. Hi, I have a friend that is an Chinese Passport holder with permanent resident card from US. He have already booked a flight to London, unfortunately, he was rejected for a UK visa. But he got Visa for Paris and other European counties. Can he book a separate flight on the same day to Paris from London on the same day he land in London? Would he need a visa for a international transfer flight? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Camilla,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If your friend flight is flying via the UK he would need to be holding a UK transit visa or the airline will not allow him to board the flight where ever he is departing from to fly via the UK.

  199. Hi there,
    just a quick question if you dont mind…I Have a valid US visa and will like to visit the Uk en route to The United States. can i get the transit visa on arrival (the one valid for 48hours) or I should apply thru the consulate before i travel.

    • Hi Chatru,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport and hold a valid US visa this will cover you while in transit in the UK. You will not be permitted to leave the airport.

      If you are wanting to leave the airport and pass through immigration to visit you will need to apply for a UK visa before departing. You will need to apply through the official visa handling agency Teleperformance.

  200. Hi there,
    I am from Papua New Guinea currently studying in China. I would like to find out if i can be able to travel from China via London to Guyana..Do i need a transit visa in London?

    • Hi Sylvia,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Papua New Guinean passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy or official handling agency direct they will be able to advise accordingly.

  201. Hello, Myself Sujaan Vaghela from india I’m going to Barbados for my further studies but, i have to travel via UK. But, there i have to change the airport from “London, GB (HEATHROW), Terminal 3 to London, GB (GATWICK), Terminal S- South Terminal”. So for this do i need a transit visa?
    And if yes then give me some information that how do i change airport and in which catergory i have to fill the visa application form?
    Waiting for your helpful reply.
    Thankyou..

    • Hi Sujaan,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Indian passport holders we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to advise on what the visa requirements are and the procedures to follow when applying.

  202. Hi nick. I’m travelling from the philippines going to bermuda. Do I need to have a transit visa? Im holding a working permit (bermuda). Thanks

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      If you traveling on a South African passport and do not hold one of the above valid visa’s you will need to apply for a UK transit visa

  203. Hello, my name is Diana and I’m from Indonesia. I have flight departure from Copenhagen to London with SAS on 17 July 2016 at 4 PM dan will continue my flight to Singapore at 22pm at the same day. I need to pass the immigration to take out my luggage and check in with SQ. I only have schengen Visa for tourist.So do I need transit Visa in London? Please reply thanks.

    • Hi Diana,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a UK transit visa is required for a Indonesian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need a UK transit visa if you do not hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      However I do suggest you contact the official visa handling agency they will be able to advise if a transit visa is required, the requirements when applying and procedures to follow.

  204. Hi I am stella, I am currently in the US doing a program but traveling to Uganda via brussels, but on my way back to the US I will be passing through London airport without coming out of the airport. I have a Spanish Permanente residency, do I need a transit visa?
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Stella,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      It depends what passport you are traveling on. If you are a South African national / South Africa passport holder who holds a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  205. Hi, i had an enquiry. Im travelling to Canada from Malaysia with a valid Canada Visa. I have a transit at London Heathrow for 12 hours. Am i able to go out of the airport and do some sightseeing?

    • Hi Balraj,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are wanting to leave the airport and do sight seeing a valid UK visa will be required.

  206. Hi.I have a conference in Barbados to attend and i do not have a valid UK,US or Schengen Visa as Barbados is visa free for Nigerians.Can i travel without hassles on British Airways to Barbados?Will the airline board me without a British Visa?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need a UK transit visa if you are traveling on a Nigerian passport and transiting in the UK.

      However I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to advise you accordingly.

  207. Hello,i have flight departure from copenhagen to london at 4 pm with sas, and will continue tp singapore with singapore airlines at 22.00 at the same day at heathro lw.i need to pass the immigration in order to checkout my luggages.do i need transit visa ?pls reply thanks

    • Hi Diana,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder and passing / clearing immigration you will need to apply for a UK visa.

  208. Hi,
    We are travelling from India to Canada(Toronto) via Heathrow. I will have a flight chnage in Heathrow to the connecting flight to Toronto. DO I need a UK transit Visa for this? Your help would be highly appreciated.

    • Just another point – I am an indian passport holder and have valid Canada work Permit/Visa.

    • Hi Rup,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For South African passport holders who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      However I am not sure if the same applies to Indian passport holders. I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they should be able to advise accordingly.

  209. But i checked on the website it said that Malaysians do not need a visa to go to UK?

    • Hi Balraj,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if this is correct or not as we specialise in South African passport holders.

      You welcome to double check with the UK Embassy direct or the offical visa handling agency.

  210. Hi,
    I have a Indian Passport and I am going to attend a conference in San Diego, California, US . I have a valid B1/B2 US Visa and I booked my ticket in British Airways. I need to change in terminal in London Heathrow. Whether I need a UK Transit Visa?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I know for South African passport holders the following applies :
      If you hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      South African passport holders who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      However I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if the same applies for Indian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy they should be able to advise accordingly.

  211. Thanks for your info….

  212. My sister (Indian citizen and with student visa currently in germany) is planning to visit me in Canada and easily we can get the tourist visa for canada. Now we are planning to book ticket in British airways and the transit is london. Does she require a transit visa in london as her connecting flight is 3 hours from there.please help

    • Hi Raj,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a transit visa is required for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the official UK visa handling agency or the Embassy direct, they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  213. Hi,
    My H1b Visa expired on September 30th , 2015 and I will have the approved extension document by Dec 3rd week.
    I have the ticket to go to India on 30th December. I have booked the air ticket American Airlines 6669 Operated by BRITISH AIRWAYS and go through via London.
    In this case should I need to take Transit Vias for UK. Actually I have the transit hrs in London – LHR is 4.50 min. ( Terminal 3)

    From London to India , I travelling through American Airlines 6669 Operated by BRITISH AIRWAYS ( terminal 3)

    • Hi Suresh,

      If you are a South African passport holder the following would apply. South African passport holders who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      We do suggest you contact the embassy direct for the most up to date information as this could change at anytime.

  214. Hi Nick,
    I’m holding philippine passport, I’m going to visit my boyfriend in Gibraltar,should I get transit visa even I don’t pass through immigration? I just stay inside airport waiting my flight to Gibraltar.

    • HI Lorena,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on if a transit visa is required for a Philippine passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge one would need it just like South African passport holders need it even if they don’t pass through immigration.

      I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct through to get the most up to date information.

  215. We are going on holidays in the US this Dec. We are living in Ireland with resident status, me and my wife are originally from Philippines. We are passing through Heathrow. Luggages are through and through from Ireland to the US and will not pass through border control. We will just be moving from terminal 2 to 3. Do we need to get a transit visa or DATV (Direct Airside Transit Visa)? Same for coming back to Ireland. From US to Heathrow then Dublin (all in terminal 2). Do we need transit visa or DATV?

    • Hi Gregorio,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a transit visa is required for a Philippine passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      The below applies for South African passport holders, however I am not sure if the same applies for a passenger who is traveling on a Philippine passport.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy, they will be able to give the most up to date information if a transit visa is required or not.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  216. Hello
    I just bought a ticket to ghana & my transit is through heathrow.i have a schengen permanent residence in finland. Do i need a transit visa? Am trying to reach the embassies fon lines but ita been busy

    • Hi Ceci,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a transit visa is required for a Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply for one. Even if you hold a Finish residence card, you are not traveling on an EU passport.

  217. Please,
    I am from Egypt travelling to Florida and my transit is in London, I want to leave the airport and stay in London for 2 days for visiting some freinds. Shall I require a visa? And how much it cost?

    • Hi Amira,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a UK visa is required for Egyptian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would require a visa when visiting. For this you will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to advise on all the requirement need when applying for a visa and the correct procedures to follow.

  218. I am Colombian with a tourist valid visit to enter United States. In a couple of months will be coming thru United States to vacation in France , but going back to United States I am taking Brithish Airways in Transit stop to continuing my trip to America. Do I need a transit visa for that flight? If so , where to I get in America or Colombia. Thank you

    • Hi Linda,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a UK transit visa is required or not for a Colombian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the UK Embassy or offical handling agency on your side. They will be able to advise and answer any queries you might have and the correct procedures to follow when applying should you require a UK transit visa.

  219. Hi,
    I am travelling to USA from India on a non immigrant F-1 visa transiting through London Heathrow- Terminal 4, changing flights to Terminal 3 and transit time is 4 hours and 50 minutes stay in the airport. Is there a need of transit visa to this situation?
    Any one who knows the rules please advises?

    • Hi Hikmatullah,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a UK transit visa is required for an Indian passports as we specialize in South African travellers.

      I know if a South African passport holder holds a valid US visa and meets the requirements when transiting via UK they will not need a UK transit visa. However I am not sure if the same applies for other passport holders. I suggest you contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency they will be able to give the most up to date information and answer any questions you might have.

  220. Hi Team, First of all appreciate your great support to all travellers.
    My Wife and my son hold a d visa and thay have to come to stavanger,Norway from chennai. If they travel by british airways via london, they have 2 hrs time to changeover flight in Heathrow. do they need UK transit visa? Your earliest reaponse is appreciated.

    • Hi Harish,

      This depends on what passport they hold. If they are a South Africa passport holder they would require a UK transit visa when flying via the UK.

      Unless they have one of the following:

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

      However I do suggest you contact the UK embassy direct advise them what passport they are flying on and give all the necessary information they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  221. I will be going back to South Africa from Canada and will have a layover at Heathrow international for less than 10 hours and I would love to know if I will need a transit visa. I have a South African Travel Document. I will appreciate for your assistance. Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Fabrice

    • Hi Fabrice,

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  222. I m travelling from India to usa with british airways via London with valid B1/B2 visa on 29th dec 2015, there is a halt of 4 and a half hours in london.
    In london Heathrow Airport I have to change the terminal and also the aircraft, but my ticket is confirmed till usa.
    Do I need to apply for transit visa?

    • Hi Khaja,

      This depends on what passport you are flying with. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a UK transit visa is required for Indian passport holders as we specialize in South African travellers.

      If you hold a South African passport the following would apply, however I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

    • Hi Marek,

      Thanks for contacting us. I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to see if a UK transit visa is required.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise on this as we specialize in South African travellers

  223. Hi
    I have a long stay category D Visa for Ireland. I wish to travel to Dublin From New Delhi via London. Do I need a transit Visa for UK

    please reply on my mail, I will be grateful for it

    • Hi Durgesh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The visa you are currently holding will not cover you while in transit in the UK if you are a South African passport holder. You will need apply for a UK transit visa if you are transiting via the UK.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use these visa’s to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      I hope this answers your query.

  224. Hi.
    I have a Ghanaian passport holder and I am in possession of a category C Visa for Denmark. I am traviling to Ghana and I have a stop in Heathrow London for 6 hours. Do i need a transit visa?

    • Hi Dina,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge you would require a UK transit visa as a Schengen visa which you are holding does not cover you for the UK as they are not part of the Schengen state.

  225. Hi,

    I want to travel CANADA to INDIA through london.

    My canada visa got expired(i have valid canadian work permit) and i have USA B1/B2 Visa.

    Can i go by london transit ? or do i need a transit visa ?

    Thanks
    Sudhansu

    • Hi Sudhansu,

      If you are a South African passport holder who holds a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      The criteria are that the traveller:

      • must arrive and depart by air from the same UK airport and on the same day to another country outside the Common Travel Area1 (i.e. a travel zone that comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland);

      • is properly documented for your onward destination;

      • holds a valid exemption document in accordance with one of the following:

      – a residence permit or visa that allows entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an EEA or Swiss category D visa or residence permit, regardless of their route and final destination

      – an Irish biometric visa, regardless of their route and final destination.

  226. Thanks for your reply,

    i am an Indian passport holder, i can travel.

  227. Hi This rosie,I have a Philippine.passport, I am an aupair.I’m going back to Phils.and I have a connecting flight in london heatrow.Do I need to get a transit visa?

    • Hi Rosie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Yes you would need a UK transit visa when flying via the UK.

      As we only specialize in passengers holding South African passports I am not sure if the same rules for a SA passport holder are the same for a passenger holding a Philippine passport. Please contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  228. Hi,

    I’m residing in Sweden with valid Sweden passport. Having residence visa and residence identification card of Sweden for more than 2yrs.
    I have booked my tickets to India from Sweden is via London heawthrow airport for vacation. My layover time is 5 hours. Do I need a transit visa?

    Thank you for the answer in advance!!

    • Hi Ashwini,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      We specialise in passengers traveling on South African passports. However to my knowledge you would not require a UK transit visa if you are traveling on a valid Swedish Passport as Sweden is part of the European Union. You welcome to contact the UK Embassy direct as one of the Embassy officials will be able to advise accordingly.

  229. Hi,

    I am an indian passport holder. I have a ticket via British Airways from Mumbai to Orlando. I arrive in Heathrow Airport at 6.45am and same day my flight is from Gatwick Airport to Orlando at 11.35am, my PNR is the same for the journey. I already have a US visa.

    Based on my situation will I need a Transit Visa?

    Thanks

    • Hi Ri,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialize in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise if a visa is required and if so which visa to apply for.

  230. Hey Nick,

    Thanks for the info however i do have one question.. my husband is an indian national with a canadian immigrant visa. If he goes to Toronto via London, and he’ll have 18hours of transit time in London, will he need a visa to get out of Heathrow Airport?

    • Hi Rosalyn,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I know for a South Africa passport holder who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa. But I am not sure if the same applies to other nationalities. For this I advise you contact the Embassy direct they should be able to answer your query.

  231. Good day

    I just want to clarify if I understand this correct? We are currently residing in the US (holding L-2 Visa for USA) we are flying on British Airways from Miami to Cape Town in March via London Heathrow, my sons and I are South African passport holders but we have the US L-2 Visas do we need a transit visitors visa or not? Also if we do not need a visa can we still go ahead and book a cabin at the yotel which is in terminal 4?

    Regards
    Marcelle

    • Hi Marcelle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      If you need to pass through immigration to get to the hotel a visa will be required.

      This information should just be used as a guideline. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities, by contacting the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency direct as they specialize in this area they would be able to give the most up to date information.

  232. Hi,
    I am a South African passport holder and a seaman. I will be disembarking from a vessel in Gibraltar and most likely be travelling through Heathrow heading to Namibia or South Africa. I hold a valid seamans book.
    Would I still require a transit visa under those circumstances?
    I still have a valid OCS B1 visa for working offshore in the USA. As I understand this visa would work in any case?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hi Andre,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      That is correct, South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      South Africa travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      With regards to holding a seamans book you would need to contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to give any further information you might need.

  233. Hi from the USA!
    My wife is a South African citizen, I’m USA citizen and we were married in January 2015. She has a current South African passport (which includes her USA Fiancee visa that expired in March 2015) in her MAIDEN surname, and current USA permanent residence card in her MARRIED surname. We’re planning a trip to Ireland and South Africa for later this year, which has us traveling through London. According to everything I’ve read, she should be eligible to pass through with the documentation she has, but will there be a problem with her name not matching on the permanent residence card?

    • Hi Erik,

      Thanks for getting in touch and the interesting question.

      To my knowledge if she has her marriage certificate showing both surnames it should not be a problem. However as I do not specialize in this area I strongly suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct as they will be able to the most up to date information.

  234. Hallo. I am travelling from Jhb to Lax but I have a connecting flight in London , Heathrow. I gave a valid SA passport and US visa. Arriving in Terminal 5 and departing 5 hours later from the same terminal . Traveling the same way back from lax to Jhb. Do I need a transit visa. Not planning to leave the airport.

    • Hi Jacques,

      Thanks for contacting us. The same would apply on your return flight.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  235. hi, i live in gibralter and have a residence permit. do i need a transit visa in london heathrow, my transit is of 4 hours only .then i have a next flight to gibralter.

    • Hi Gul,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder you would need to apply for a UK transit visa.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  236. i am a indian national, this i was asking when i am returning from india.

    • Hi Gul,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holder as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I would suggest you contact the UK Embassy or official handling agency direct. They will be able to answer any queries you might have.

  237. Hey Nick,
    I am a Ghanaian with a Ghanaian passport currently studying in France with a 2 year temporal students residence card. I would soon be travelling to Ghana for few weeks and my flight transits through Heathrow airport for about an hour and a half. I would like to know if i need a transit visa to travel through to Ghana.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if a UK transit visa is required for a Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need one but I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency, they will be able to advise.

  238. We are travelling via London from the USA to South Africa. Do we need a transit visa for the UK?

    • Hi Jan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African nationals who hold a valid visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA will be able to use them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in the world without obtaining a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

      Travellers who hold visas to these countries can transit the UK (airside) given that they provide an expanded list of exemption documents in place of a Direct Airside Transit Visa.

  239. Hi , I am going to Miami on holiday , I am British I have applied for a visa waiver for entering the USA , my flight departs from Heathrow stopover in Toronto Canada for 5 hours would I need a transit visa to fly onto Miami

    • Hi Frone,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a transit visa is required or not for a British Passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You would need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  240. hi ..

    I would like to have a clarification about the transit visa as from the posts i did not get a clear picture as i am travelling from india to USA and have a layover of 8 hours in London . So in the mean time i am planning to go out of airport and visit some relatives and then come back and board the plan for USA. So do i require the transit visa ?? Kindly reply as then i can apply for the same before my flight.

    Thanks in advance for your reply

    • Hi Vocy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you pass through UK immigration you will require a UK visa. I suggest you contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency, they will be able to assist with any further visa queries you might have.

  241. Hi Nick, I am planning to visit my kids in Canada in July 2016. In the past I always managed to get a flight from SA (where I live) through the UK straight to Canada. The cheapest flight I now get is to fly via New York to Halifax in Nova Scotia. Will I need an American visa, if it is only a transit?
    Thanks

    • Hi Daleen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are a South African passport holder who is in transit in the UK you will need to apply for a US visa.

  242. Hi ,
    I am travelling to Munich from India on a German National Visa for studies via UK on British Airways. Can you please guide me if i will require a transit Visa.

    • Hi Suma,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      if you are a South African passport holder (traveling on a South African passport) you will required a UK transit visa.

      If you are an Indian passport holder I think the same rules would apply where a UK transit visa is required.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to give the most up to date information.

  243. Hey there. We’re Georgian living in Spain, we have Spanish resident card, do we need transit visa from Iceland through UK to Barcelona (Spain. ) I will be very grateful if you wiĺl answer imediately

    • Hi Sofia,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      It depends on what passport you are traveling on. We specialize in passengers traveling on South African passport. They would require a UK transit visa.

      For any other passengers traveling on another passport they would need to contact the official visa handling agency they would be able to assist in advising if they would require a UK transit visa or not.

  244. Hi.. i really need an urgent response to this..
    I am an indian citizen travelling to USA ( i have a valid visa for USA and have a connecting flight) and have a layover at heathrow terminal 5 for 8 hours. I wish to see a friend there can i go outside the airport without a visa to meet him?

    Any quick help would be really appreciated

    • Hi Isha,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialize in South African travelers.

      I know for South African travels if they pass immigration they will require a valid UK visa whether they have a US visa or not. I would think the same applies for Indian passport holders wanting to pass immigration.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency.

  245. Hi there,

    I have a extended visitor visa for Canada, and if i want to go back to India through London.
    Do they allow me to transit from London. I heard i may not be allowed. Please confirm.

    Thanks.
    Sekhar

    • Hi Sekhar,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Travelstart specialize in passengers holding South African passports. It’s best you contact the British Embassy or official visa handling agency, they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  246. I am an Indian citizen. I will be traveling to Vienna, Austria shortly with shanzen visa to visit my daughter. During my return journey, I have to take transit at LHR, London for about 4 hours. I have valid visa for US also. Pl suggest if I need transit visa for UK.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa’s for Indian passport holders. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      To my knowledge you will need a UK transit visa, however best to contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  247. Hi Nick.
    If I am flying from South Africa to Canada.I get a Canadian visa.On my return I bim in transit in New York for 2 hours.Do i need a visa for New york

    • Hi Raam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would need a visa to transit the USA.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information on visa requirements.

  248. Hi, Great site BTW. Loads of useful info 🙂
    Also, would anyone be able to confirm for me if I can transit the UK without a transit visa, if I am travelling with a schengen visa from Romania to join a cruise ship out of South Hampton?

    And, if I do require a UK transit visa, could I apply in Romania for one, or do I have to fly home to SA to do so?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Martin,

      If you are a South African passport holder you will need to apply for a UK transit visa as the UK does does not form part of the Schengen state.

      I think it would be possible to apply for a UK transit visa abroad, however I do suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct to get the most up to date information.

  249. Hi,
    I am an Indian citizen, currently in Lima, Peru. End of this month i ll be travelling to India. Because of the ticket prices, I decided to break the journey and I booked 2 separate tickets.

    1st. Lima- Bogota- Madrid. (both flights are from Avianca.)

    2nd. Madrid- London- Delhi. (first flight is Iberia and 2nd is Jet Airways. But booked under the same ticket)

    I hold a valid US b1/b2. and I have already obtained a schengen visa to transit at madrid.

    But now I have a doubt about London. DO I need transit visas at LHR? As I understand, I would definitely not require a transit visa at UK if my baggage is transferred to the final destination. All thanks to the US visa.. is that right?
    And What if they dont transfer?
    Thanks hoping for your urgent response as I dont have a lot of time left..

    • Also someone told me that I should get a travel insurance? Is that required?

    • Hi Shobhit,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      for the most up to date information we suggest you contact Teleperformance who is the official UK visa handling agency.

      They will be able to assist in answering any queries you might have on what the requirements are when applying for a UK visa / transit visa.

    • Hi Shobhit,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      However to my knowledge you would need a UK transit visa. If you are flying via the UK even if you are not passing through immigration and collecting your luggage a transit visa is still required.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency. They will be able to give you the most up to day information.

  250. Hi, I am a RSA passport holder and am going to be in transit at Heathrow for 55 mins to change planes with BA and my luggage is checked through to destination (Spain). I’ve been through customs and at the gate I was told I need a transit visa for UK, although I had been told that I did not need it because I am checked through and will be less than an hour … I have a Shengen C visa? I was told I don’t need one and I read somewhere that its at the discretion of the immigrations official. I am confused now, can you help? Thanks

    • Hi Debby,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge it is you do require a transit visa as the UK does not fall under the Schengen State.

      As we do not specialize in this are or with visa’s we do recommend you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency Teleperformance for the most up to date information.

  251. Hi,
    I am an Indian citizen, currently in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Yesterday i was about to travel to India via Doha. But my flight got cancelled and they booked my flight via London Heathrow. I have a valid B1/B2 US VISA for 10 years. Here are my itenary details.

    1st. Gainesville-Miami (American Airlines Flight AA-9300)

    2nd. Miami- London Heathrow (American Airlines Flight AA-56)

    3rd. London Heathrow-Hyderabad (British Airways Flight BA 277)

    But now I have a doubt about London. DO I need transit visas at LHR? As I understand, I would definitely not require a transit visa at UK if my baggage is transferred to the final destination. All thanks to the US visa.. is that right?
    And What if they dont transfer?
    Thanks hoping for your urgent response as I dont have a lot of time left..

    Read more: http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/new-changes-uk-transit-visas/#ixzz41GLBM2oy
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    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If the airline has done a schedule change to your flight where you now have to fly via the UK they would need to look into this on their side and assist accordingly before they allow you to board.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African traveller.

      Contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency they should be able to give you the most up to date information. If you have a valid US visa do advise them of this.

  252. Hello.. I am kenyan and i wanted to travel to egypt, I have a valid visa but there is some changes on my work,so i will not be going to egypt insted i want to travel to uk,my question is will I be allowed to get a uk visa? Or I should cancel the egyptian visa first?

    • Hi Julius,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Kenyan passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  253. Hallo, a friend of mine has a residence permit in Germany with an Albanian pasport holder and he got a visa for US. Can he travel with a transit through London to New York by ferry and car? Does he need a transit visa? Or he has to travel only by plane?

  254. I am a Nigeria living in Ireland and want to travel to Nigeria via London airport do I need transit visa

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on THE requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply for a UK transit visa, but for the most up to date information I suggest you contact the official visa handling agency direct or Embassy. They would be able to answer any questions you might have.

  255. Hi
    I am a SriLankan citizen and living in bahrain and I’m travelling to Bahamas through Uk so my question is do I need a airport transit visa because I have transit about 3 and half hours in Heathrow Airport please let me know if I need a airport transit visa.

    Thankyou

    • Hi Adams,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for passenger traveling on a Srilankan passport we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  256. Hi,

    I find this whole transit visa thing very confusing. I have a category D visa (long term visa) to study in Germany for 3 months (South African passport). I’m flying to Frankfurt from Johannesburg via Heathrow. Am I correct in saying that I do not need a transit visa?

    • Hi Yvette,

      A Schengen visa does not cover one for the UK as they do not form part of the Schengen State. If you are traveling on a South African passport you will need to apply for a UK transit visa if you are transiting in the UK.

      However I do suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  257. Hi Marcelle,

    I am a South African citizen on an O-1 Visa in the USA.
    I plan to purchase a ticket sometime today to visit family in SA next week, and the most affordable flight has a connection at LHR, will I need a transit visa?

    Or will my O-1US Visa cover that?

    Best,
    Darren English

    • Hi Darren,

      To my knowledge if you hold a valid US visa this and flying from the US via the UK back to South Africa your US visa should cover you while in transit in the UK.

      As we do not specialize in visa’s I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct as they would be able to advise you of the most up to date information.

  258. Hi
    I am traveling with my son to Honduras from Amman through London airport, i have a Honduran passport that does not require a visa, but my son holds a Jordanian passport with a us visa he is 3 years old, i wanted to know if he needs a transit visa to London?
    Thankyou

    • Hi Rozana,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a transit visa or visa is required for Jordanian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  259. Hi there
    If I’m flying to Basel, Switzerland, from Thailand on a South African passport through Heathrow, what type of visa do I need to get? The stop over is about 3 hours. And does this transit visa cover my return transit through Heathrow as well?

    • Hi Janey,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to apply for a UK transit visa. When contacting the official visa handling agency Teleperformance they will be able to provide you with all the relevant information on cost, what visa to apply for and documentation required.

  260. Hi thanks for your reply answers.. I am a Nigerian married to a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago living in Kenya. .
    I am visiting my wife’s country and need to change flight in London ..and connect a flight going to Trinidad and tobago from London garthric airport..
    My question is do I need a transit visa..

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      To my knowledge you would require a UK transit visa. However it is best you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  261. Hi I have schengen visa category D can I enter UK just for transit

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      The UK does not form part of the Schengen state so a Schengen visa will not cover a passenger while in transit in the UK. You will need to apply for a UK transit visa.

      As we do not specialize in visa’s please contact the Embassy direct for the most up to date information.

  262. Passeger travelling from BLR-LHR-JFK LAS-LGW-LHR-BLR do thepax required the transit VISA

    • Hi Sindhu,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport the passenger is travelling on. I suggest you contact the embassy direct and give them all your details. They specialize in this area and will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  263. i have an indian passport i am travelling to india from us and i have a overnight halt at the heathrow airport london so can i go out to stay in a hotel that night i have an american visa

    • Hi Jeetu,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Indian passports as we specialize in South African travellers.

      Please contact the Embassy direct they would be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  264. Hi! I’m travelling from Toronto Pearson to Dubai connecting via London Heathrow. Layover is 17 hours. Can I leave the airport and see my family in London. Do I need a transit visa to leave the terminal. I hold a British passport and Canadian Passport. Do I require anything further. Thank you

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you hold a a valid British passport you will not require a visa to leave the airport and visit your family.

  265. Hi, my Question is if Iam Somali National have US green Card and traveling to Kenya through London’s Hearthrow do i need Tranist Visa?

    • Hi ABdallah,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements or if a transit visa is required for a Somalian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They will be able to give you the most up to date information.

  266. Hi Nick,
    I am a Sierra Leonean. I will be traveling to Venice from Zurich. I have a 15hr layover in Heathrow. I have a schengen visa and a US visa. I would like to know if I will be given a transit visa for me to visit the city.

    • Hi Khadija,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Sierra Leonean passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct and provide them with all your information. The route you are traveling (flight details) as well as what passport you are traveling and what visa you have. They will be able to give the most up to date information.

  267. Hi! If I book a flight through one airline that has a layover in London, it means I won’t have to pick up my luggage. Does this consequently mean I won’t have to pass through immigration? Layover is 7 hours, but I do not plan to leave the airport. Does this mean I do not need a transit visa?

    Alternatively, I do have a US visa (which is where my flight is going). Do you have a link I can source in case I do end up needing to pass immigration?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Sofia,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight en-route to the United States of America may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa
      provided that the passenger

       Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.

      However we do suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency Teleperformance direct as they will have the most up to date information.

  268. Hi dear, I am Indian citizenship as well as now a days I am working in Liberia now I want to go back to India via London so that’s why my uncle is living on there and also I wanna meet to him on the other hand I had been travelled to UK on study visa. So now could you explain it to me can I get transit visa.

    • Hi Ankit,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passports as we specialise in South African travellers.

      However if you are wanting to leave the airport in UK and pass through immigration to visit someone you will need a visitors visa.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct, they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  269. hi
    am merly from Philippines,
    am traveling this coming april 23, 2016 to jamaica,,,
    my flight start Manila to dubai, dubai to london ( gatwick ) then london to montego bay.
    i will stay at london airport like 3 hours only to wait another flight,,
    i only have hand carry luggage!,,
    do i need transit visa passing through UK?

    please help me about this problem cause i only have few days leaft. and its my first time to travel

    thanks

    • Hi Merly,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a philippine passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  270. Just a question,

    I am a permanent resident of Canada and travelling to Europe this year. My flight arrives at Gatwick at 10.30am and I have a flight from Gatwick to Rome for 5.00pm – I am not travelling outside the airport but just taking the flight on to rome. Do I still need a UK Transit Visa?

    Similarly on the way back, I have a flight booked from Barcelona to Gatwick on the same day and I am flying back from Gatwick to Toronto?

    • Hi Bill,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Canadian passport holder.

      Also we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

  271. Am a ghanaian making a visit to Trinidad for a crusade. Will i need a transit visa from Uk when coming from Ghana to Trinidad with British Airways?

    • Hi Ernest,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would require a UK transit visa while in transit in the UK.

      However I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Ghanaian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You would need to contact the Embassy direct they will be able to assist accordingly.

  272. Hi I’m in srilanka.I have a valid Sweden shengen visa.if I’m traveling from srilanka to Sweden via london.i still need a transit visa to entre london???

    • Hi Subash,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As the UK is not part of the Schengen State your Schengen visa will not cover you while in transit in the UK. You will need to contact the UK Embassy or official visa handling agency direct to apply for a UK transit visa.

  273. I am a South African passport holders and am travelling from Johannesburg to and from the USA via London. I will be in transit within Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, for a few hours in both directions. Do I require a transit visa? Please reply by e-mail. Thank you

    • Hi there,

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight en-route to the United States of America may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:
       Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA)
       Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.

  274. Hi,

    I am an Indian Passport holder with a vaid one time entry visa to Canada (immigration & PR). I have booked a BA flight with transit at London (transit time of 1.5 hours). I dont intend to leave airport, do I still need a transit visa?

    Regards,
    Pranav

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  275. Hi Marcelle,

    Thank you for all your information.

    I am flying from Amsterdam to Heathrow on British airways(term 5) and getting my connecting flight to South Africa within 12 hours with Virgin Atlantic(term 3). These flights have been booked separately, and is not the same booking. Would I have to pass border control in Heathrow? And would I need a direct airside visa? I do have a valid USA visa although I have not been there since 2010.

    How will managing my luggage work with connecting flights between two different airlines?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Thanks,
    Attie

    • Hi Attie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your US visa will not cover you as you are not coming from the States.

      Please contact the airline direct to see if you are passing immigration / border control. After contacting the airline and they have provided you with the relevant information please contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  276. hi i have indian passport en i live in belgium i have residence card from belgium , os do i need a transit visa for uk .

    • Hi Nama,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge you would still need a visa as you are traveling on an Indian passport.

      However I do suggest you contact the UK Embassy as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  277. Hi,
    I will be travelling to USA via UK and would like to stop in UK for less than 48 hours, would like to do shopping and spend time with friends in London. So what type of Transit visa should I apply for?? and being an Indian am I eligible to apply for transit visa to visit the city and do shopping??

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers

      If one is passing through immigration they would need to apply for a tourist visa. A transit visa is when one is staying in transit (within the transit area of the airport) and not passing immigration.

      However I would suggest you contact the Embassy direct they would be able to give the most up to date in formation apply for a transit visa you will need to apply for a tourist visa.

  278. Hi,
    I am holding an Indian passport travelling to USA with a B1/B2 US Visa via UK (LHR) with a lay over of 4 hours in Heathrow. My inbound and outbound flights are from the same terminal (5). Do I need a transit Visa in this case ?

    • Hi Sanjay,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers

      I know for South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of your flight en-route to the USA (and hold a

      valid US visa) they may travel via the UK under the “Transit without a visa” (TWOV) concession.

      This will allow them to connect to the next leg of your route without a visa.

      Provided they have:

      – A confirmed flight to the next destination (USA)
      – The correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US)
      – Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.

      However these rules are for passengers traveling on SA passports, so you would need to contact the Embassy direct. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  279. Thanks a lot Marcelle Fenix. That was very informative reply.

  280. I want to go to Barbados from Rwanda in Africa my flight will take to UK from Rwanda then I will take another flight immediately to Barbados, please tell me will I suppose to buy UK transit visa?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct. Please provide them with the relevant information (what passport you will be traveling on as well as your routing) they will be able to give the most up to date information.

  281. Hi There,

    This post is great and super helpful! Just wanted to clarify my situation.

    I’m flying from Brussels to South Africa via LHR and my connection is with two different airlines (SAA and a SAA partner on the same ticket)

    I also have a valid USA visa from earlier this year.

    Would I require a transit visa?

    Thanks in advance!
    Nicole

    • HI Nicole,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are not traveling to or from the United States you will require a transit visa.

      I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct though to get the most up to date information.

  282. I am originally from DR Congo, I am a SA Permanent Resident holder, I will be travelling to USA and I have at the same Time the Canadian Visa. If I transit by London for 10 hours can I see my friend outside the airport?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder transiting in the UK on your way to the USA you will only be allowed to stay in the transit area of the airport.

      Should you wish to leave the airport (passing immigration) you will need to apply for a UK tourist visa.

  283. I am originally from DR Congo, I am a SA Permanent Resident holder, I will be travelling to USA and I have at the same Time the Canadian Visa. If I transit by London for 10 hours can I see my friend outside the airport? My flight will be from OR Tambo and I am using a DR Congo passport with Valid USA and Canadian visas in it.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holder transiting in the UK on your way to the USA you will only be allowed to stay in the transit area of the airport.

      Should you wish to leave the airport (passing immigration) you will need to apply for a UK tourist visa.

      If you are traveling on a Congolese passport I’m afraid I won’t be able to provide information as we specialize in South African Travellers.

  284. Hi
    As I could not see a reply specific to my situation, I am making this query. Hope you can help me.
    I am an Indian national traveling to Oslo via LHR . I will have a Schengen student visa to study in Norway.
    I will arrive in LHR Terminal 4 by Qatar Airways, and my departure flight by Scandinavian Airlines is from Terminal 2, with a transit time of 4 hours.
    Though I have a single air-ticket all the way, I am not sure if my baggage will be checked-in till my final designation.
    My queries:
    As I will have student visa, do I need Transit visa at LHR?
    Will the transfer from T4 to T2 be considered as Air-side transit?
    In case my baggage requires to be retrieved from incoming flight and checked-in at LHR, I think I have to pass through airport immigration before baggage collection. Does it then qualify automatically qualify for a Transit Visa required case?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Hi Anthony,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      However to my knowledge, you would require a transit visa as the UK does not form part of the Schengen State.

      Should you need to pass through immigration you would require a tourist visa.

      However please contact the Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  285. Hello,

    I will be travelling from Cape Town to Paris and then plan on driving via a ferry to the UK. I know I will need both a UK and Schengen visa.
    I will fly home from London to Cape Town.
    Will it be acceptable for me to arrive in the UK via ferry? (Or by any means other than a flight?)

    • Hi Danielle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge this should be fine to fly into Europe and then take a ferry over to the UK. However you would need all the required documents.

      As we do not specialist in this area though please contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  286. Hi,

    I will be travelling through various Schengen countries over 2 and a half months before flying back to SA via London. Do I need a transit visa? I have noted the following which is one of the exemptions:
    Do not need a DATV if you hold a “valid  airline  ticket  for travel through the UK the UK s tatus to  a as  part of  a  journey  from  a  Schengen  Acquis State  to  another country  or travel through the UK territory,  provided  that  the  transit  passenger does not  seek to on  a  date  more  than  30  days  from  the  date  on  which last entered  a  Schengen  Acquis State  with  a  valid  visa  issued  by  a  Schengen  Acquis State under the they approved destination status scheme”
    As I am flying from a Schengen state, which I would have entered into, from another Schengen state, within 30 days of my flight via London, does this exemption apply to me?

    If not… I’m am currently in possession of a UK BRP which shows that it is still valid on the card (ie the date shows it expires in 2019) however it will not be valid at the time of travel (as I would have left my job). Would I be able to use this BRP card to travel via the UK as I am pretty sure that the border control in the Schengen country I am coming from will not know that this visa is expired as the card will appear that the Visa is valid. Surely they will not know?

    And thirdly, failing all of the above, I am currently in the UK but my current Visa will not be valid by the time I need to transit in London. Where would I get a DATV while in London?

    My situation is quite unique so I have been struggling to find answers. I hope you can help…If not could you direct me to somewhere I could call or go (in the UK) which would be able to help me.

    Thank you!!

    • Sorry, my cut and paste didnt work too well….
      “valid airline ticket for travel through the UK as part of a journey from a Schengen Acquis State to another country or territory, provided that the transit passenger does not seek to travel through the UK on a date more than 30 days from the date on which they last entered a Schengen Acquis State with a valid visa issued by a Schengen Acquis State under the the approved destination status scheme.”

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge South African passport holders transiting through the UK (flying to or from) any of the Schengen states will require a UK transit visa.

      However as we do not specialise in this area it is best you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  287. Hello,
    I will be traveling to USA from India. I am Indian citizen and currently holds F1 visa (student visa) of US. I have 15 hrs stop at London Heathrow unfortunately it’s at night. So can I be allowed to stay in hotel outside of airport without transit visa? Will you please help me out with this problem.
    Thank you

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in

      South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to

      answer any questions you might have.

  288. hi,

    i am travelling from Dubai to Newark, USA on B1/B2 visa and back from newark to Dubai via Heathrow, do i need to have UK transit visa if i book my tickets with British Airways which has flights via Heathrow.

    Thanks

    • Hi Arvind,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight en-route to the United States of America may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:
       Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA)
       Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US)
       Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.

      However the above information is not guaranteed so please check with the relevant Embassy for the most up to date information.

  289. Hi ,
    I will be travelling on 13th from Mumbai(India) to Chicago on F1 visa via Heathrow by British Airways and I hold Indian passport layover time is 13hrs and my connecting flight will be next day morning 14th.
    Cross checked with British Airways they said it’s not required but still they cannot be sure.
    Do I need transit visa?
    Thanks
    Neha

    • Hi Neha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you if a transit visa would be required for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise and give the most up to date information.

  290. Hello,

    I will be travelling in USA via London (Switzerland-London Heathrow-USA) with Flight BRITISH AIRWAYS and Flight AIR NEW ZEALAND (i have bought the ticket in the same company) but i don’t know if i have to pass through the passport control or not (I have an Albanian Passport and USA visa). Can you inform me please if i need to pass through the passport control or if i need a visa. My transit is from terminal 5 to 2 and i have only 2 hours to change. Do i have enough time to do that. Can you reply by mail please.

    Thanks
    Endri

    • Hi Endrit,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Albanian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Travel Agent you booked direct with or the Embassy direct. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  291. Hi there,

    My family and I (2 adults and 2 children) are relocating to Canada. We hold South African passports with Canadian work and study visas. We do not yet hold Canadian permanent resident status as that application will only begin when we get there.
    Do we need a transit visa for the UK if we’re traveling through London Gatwick (and will only be in the airport for less than 4 hours)?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport you will need a UK transit visa while in transit in the UK.

    • Thanks Marcelle, I see it’s an online application. Do you know how long the application normally takes?

  292. Hi there,

    I planned to travel for India to Bangalore, so my itinerary starts from

    – Amsterdam to London Heathrow (Not stepping out of the airport)
    – London Heathrow to Bangalore
    ————————————————————————————————-
    – Bangalore to London Heathrow (Not stepping out of the airport)
    – London Heathrow to Amsterdam

    I hold Indian passport and Netherlands Type D visa, as per my researches I do not need to obtain transit visa to enter into UK, Airport.

    Please share your feedback.

    Narendra

    • Hi Narendra,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply for a UK Transit visa but please contact the Embassy they will be able to assist accordingly.

  293. Hello,
    I am travelling on a student visa to US and I have a stop over time of about 17 hours at Heathrow airport…Do I require to apply for a transit visa? My flight carrier is the same British airways through out. Can you please help me on this?

    • Hi shubh,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport you are traveling on. I would suggest you contact the US Embassy direct they will be able to assist in answering all your questions.

  294. hello
    i m Pakistani passport holder and working in dubai and want to visit Spain with schengen business visa.can i travel via British airline as i dont have UK visa

    can you please help me on this ??

    • Hi Muhammad,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Pakistani passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. To my knowledge if you are flying to Europe and in transit in the UK you will require a UK transit visa. However please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  295. I am a Burmese (Myanmar) passport holder and have a valid USA visa . I will transit in UK Heathrow airport and wait for next US flight around 8 hours. Would I need a UK transit visa? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Lian,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Myanmar passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

      For South African passport holders even if you hold a USA visa and transiting through the UK but not flying to or from the USA but coming from example Singapore or Germany the USA visa will not cover you.

      Please contact the UK Embassy advise them of your travel route and what passport you will be flying on. They will be able to advise accordingly.

  296. Dear all,

    I hold a Cameroon passport and also normally resident of Republic of Ireland. I am in possession of residency entitlement as a form of valid letter authorising extension from the Irish authorities. I am in Cameroon and returning to the Republic of Ireland via transit at London Heathrow Airport.

    I would need to apply for a UK Transit Visa to return to Republic of Ireland. Do I need a Direct Airside Transit Visa or which visa is more suitable. Could you advise me on that matter.

    Please reply as soon as possible.

    Yours sincerely,

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Cameroonian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  297. Dear Marcelle

    I have watched your video and read about the changes that took place 1dec 2014 in regards to transit visa requirements for South African Citizens.

    But it seems the airline (BA) and the UK embassy staff in SA still seem to be confused, I am flying via London to USA, doing a cruise to Alaska and Canada. I hold both a valid US and Canadian visa. I have on my return been called to a business meeting in Berlin, so I need to add an additional leg to my trip.

    If I understand the information provided on this site correctly, this is possible an I will not require a UK transit visa, but the UK embassy website is not very clear, getting in touch with the embassy is near impossible and a visa services company advises that I would need a transit visa. I leave on Thursday and need to urgently have clarity.

    Your advise on this matter would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Hi Janine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are adding on an additional flight to Berlin and in transit in the UK, if the UK official visa handling agency is confirming you need one transit visa, you would need to apply for this. I’m afraid we do not specilize in this area and the Embassy and Teleperformance are the ones who are granting the visa’s.

  298. I have a 5 years multiple visa to canada on a nigeria passport. I want to fly back to Nigeria via london, do I need a UK transit visa. there may be a possible landside transit, as I flying into lOndon with westjet at LGW and then LGW to Lagos on HAHN AIR.

    • Hi Gideon,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  299. Hi

    Am currently living in UK with BRP permit valid till 2021. I need to visit Dublin for a meeting from UK and return back on the same day. I have the air ticked booked.

    Please let me know, is ok to travel with BRP permit and retunr same day via air travel.
    Or i should apply for a UK visit. I hold indian passport with UK BRP permit as of now.

    • Hi Vijay,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  300. Hi,
    I’m traveling to Jamaica on a South African passport entering the UK at London Heathrow transferring and leaving from London Gatwick and visa versa coming back, what kind of visa do I require?

    Thanks for helping,
    Regards.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge you would require a UK visa as you are not traveling to the States.

      For the most up to date information I would suggest contacting the British Embassy direct they would be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  301. Hi Nick- thanks for this very useful info. my question is that I have a valid US visa and will be travelling from india to US (and back) with a layover of 4 hours in Heathrow onward and return. do I need a transit visa?.

    • Hi Aru,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on what passport you are traveling on.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  302. Hi

    Just to confirm, my brother and his wife will be traveling to the US in December. They will be traveling via London to US. They both have valid US VISAS. Will they still need a UK transit VISA? Does it matter what type of US Visa they do have? If they don’t need a transit VISA is there any other documentation they do need or have to complete or have to get approval for?

    I would really appreciate your assistance in this matter.

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South African passport holders transiting the UK as part of their flight enroute to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND or AUSTRALIA may travel to the UK under the “Transit without a Visa” (TWOV) concession. This will allow passengers to connect to the next leg of their route without a visa provided that the passenger:
       Has a confirmed flight to the next destination (USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Has the correct documents to enter their next destination (i.e. a valid visa to the US, Canada, New Zealand or Australia)
       Will be leaving the UK within 24 hours of arrival.
      The TWOV concession allows passengers to connect to onward flights both airside or at an alternative airport as long as the connecting flight to the onward destination is taken within 24 hours

      I would suggest you contact the UK Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as these laws could change at anytime.

  303. Hello friends ,
    I am Iranian and hold immigrant US visa , i have flight by British airways to LHR and stay in airport for 4 hours in airport ( just to change terminal from 5 to 3) and again have flight with American airlines to Dallas . Do i need any visa in these case?

    • Hi Dan,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Iranian passport holder as we specialise in

      South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to

      advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  304. Hi there,

    My daughter has a permanent residency visa for Germany.

    I want to book a flight for her to South Africa with British Airways.

    Does she require a transit visa to go through London?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge they look at the passport she travels on. If she is flying on a South African passport she will require a UK transit visa.

      However I suggest you contact the Embassy they will be able to provide the most up to date information.

  305. Hi, wanted to ask that. I have a valid student visa of Canada and my arrival flight is in london-heathrow airport, but my departure flight is in london-gatwick. As I hold a valid Canadian visa, do I need to have a transit visa? I am so tensed as my flight is on 6th September 2016. Please reply as soon as possible

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This depends on the passport you are flying on.

      Please contact the Embassy direct and provide them with all the relevant information and they will be able to advise accordingly.

  306. Hi dear.I am a Canadian citizen and I am travelling from Morocco to Canada with my wife who is Moroccan and just got Canadian visa.we both will travel with easyjet from Morocco to UK and from UK to Canada we will travel with air transat.My question is :will my wife need uk transit visa- as we have to recheck our luggage – or not? Thanks a lot

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Moroccan passport holder as we specialise in

      South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to

      advise if a UK transit visa is required and if so what the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required when applying.

  307. Good day
    I hold a South African passport and valid Canadian residence card, we will be travelling to RSA in December 2016. Two years ago, I was deported back to RSA on route back to Canada on account that my passport was not legible … having been deported, would I be flagged and refused entry … we are only in transit and will be less than 12 hours in the airport.
    I have a new passport and valid residence card for canada
    any help/info ?

    many thanks

    • Hi Scott,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we are not able to advise if you will be refused entry as it’s up to the immigration official discretion.

      To my knowledge they do keep it on record if you have been deported. To get the most up to date information I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct they would be able to answer any further questions you might have.

  308. Hi

    I’m a South African living & working in Switzerland. Do I need a visa/travel visa if I’m travelling to South Africa via the UK from Switzerland? I will only be in transit in/at the UK airport (Heathrow) and not leaving the airport. My husband has a Portuguese passport (EU) and I have a Swiss working permit.
    Please advise.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Hi Janie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport you will need to apply for a UK transit visa. Even if you are just in transit and not leaving the airport.

  309. Hi

    I have plan to visit my uncle in Dublin on November 2016. I have already booked ticket of Etihad Airway .

    My ticket has transit 2 times. First at Abu dhabi and Second at London- Heathrow from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2 .( Arriving at 12:05 and Departering at 14:15 same day)

    I have to apply the visitor in transit visa, right? But I tried to apply online and I chose Visitor in transit type . It shows message ” This transit visa is intended for applicants who wish to : Pass through the UK Immigration arrivals control; Change Airports (connecting flight is less than 48 hours); You should not use this visa to ; Transit to Ireland; Visit family or friends in the UK; Sighseeing; Shopping”

    Could you please advise me for this?

    Thank you in advance
    Rapin

    • Hi Rapin,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. However you will need a UK transit visa for when you transiting in the UK onto Dublin.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  310. Hi I got. My USA five years non immigrant visa from Uae and I am holding a Pakistani passport am panning to go to the USA to meet my family and getting A good rate for British airways that is having a stay in London for some hours can you please tell me do I need a visa for that or I can wait for my next flight to the states at the airport many thanks in advance

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Pakistani passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise if a visa is required and what the cost would be, as well as correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  311. What happens if I go without a transit visa? I would like to fly from Costa Rica via Miami then JFK then London then sout Africa. I only have hand luggage. So I don’t need to go to baggage claim. But either way I’d probably have to go through immigrations to next terminal or something. What happens if you don’t have the required visa? What do they do to you?

    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch. If you don’t have the correct visa’s for your travel they won’t allow you to board the flight in South Africa to leave for your trip.

      If a transit visa is required you will need to apply for this in order to fly. Even if one is only in the transit area a transit visa would be required.

  312. Hi there. I am resident in Ireland and I have my Stamp 4 EU Family gnib card. Please I want to know if I need a transit visa to travel from lagos to Dublin enroute London Heathrow airport?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are traveling on a South African passport you will require a UK Transit visa is flying from Lagos to Dublin.

      If you are flying on any other passport please contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to advise accordingly.

  313. Haiii I was traveling to Portugal(Lisbon) from a business/conference visa of portugal and I was traveling throw London my transit time is 16 hours would I need and transist visa I was traveling throw British airways. I was going to portugal for an event I was an student

    • Hi Harish,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are a South African passport holiday and transiting in any city in the UK before traveling onto another city in Europe you will require a UK transit visa.

  314. Hello,

    I have about 11 hours of layover at Heathrow and I was planning to go meet up with some friends in London before I have to catch my next connecting flight. I have an Indian passport but I have a valid H1-B visa (work visa) using which I have entered USA within last six months. Do I still need a tourist in transit visa?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Indian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. However to my knowledge you would need to apply for a UK tourist visa in order for you to pass immigration.

  315. I am Bangladeshi citizen. I have an invitation to attend UN Habitat programme in Quito, Ecuador. My ticket is Dhaka-London-Bogota-Quito. I have Ecuador visa, but is it necessary to take U.K. visa for the transit passenger?

    • Hi Quazi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would require a UK transit visa if transiting through London.

      However I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for an Bangladeshi passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  316. Hello. I have a resident permit for Denmark (part of EU). I have a South African passport. Does this mean I can transit through the UK without a transit visa? What about entering the UK as a tourist? Do I need a tourist visa for this or will my EU residency be sufficient? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi there Ilze,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      As you traveling with a South African passport to my knowledge you would need a Transit Visa whitest traveling to the UK, should you wish to leave the airport you would then need to apply for a tourist visa.

      However you would to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information as they specialize in that area.

  317. hello

    i am a south african passport holder, living in france with a permanent residence card for the past 15 years. i love and work here

    i am flying home on the 30th of november, from toulouse to heathrow and have to go through customs to get my connecting flight

    i am carrying a valid EU residence card

    do i still need a transit visa for the 4 hours that i will be in heathrow?

    the best

    colin

    • Hi Colin,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge you would need a UK visa as you will be traveling on a South African passport.

      However I would suggest to contact the UK Embassy direct as they specialize in this area and would be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  318. My Greetings,
    I am travelling to US from Bangalore, India via London Heathrow airport.
    I am planning to take a transit visa to visit London city, since I have around 20 hours of layover time in London.
    I am a permanent resident of India & I have a valid ‘J’ type US visa. Also I have a confirmed flight ticket booked for my connecting flight to US..
    My question is do I need to apply for transit visa before my travel or Is there any option to get it in Heathrow airport itself.
    Please get back to me as early as possible, since I have very less time for my travel. So that I can make a necessary arrangements.

    Thanks in advance..
    Regards,
    Apoorva

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Hi there Apoova,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us regarding Visa information please contact the following company that will be able to assist :

      Visa box
      Tel : 021 551 8829

  319. Hi,

    I am living in Belgium and I hold long term resident permit (Type D) from belgium. I have connecting flight at London Heathrow Airport (UK) with layover time of 2 hours while going from Belgium to India. My airlines would be changed but arrival and departure is from London Heathrow airport only.
    Do I need a transit visa of UK ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sahil

    • Hi there Sahil,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  320. Hello, I hold an American passport and I’ll travelling from the US and transiting in Heathrow UK for a little bit over 4 hours, so I was wondering if I can meet with my sister who lives in the UK in the arrivals and then check back to my connecting flight?
    Thanks

    • Hi there Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  321. Greetings, I need to know if I would need a transit visa in London. My case is the following, I am citizen from Perú BUT I have valid residence permit for studies in Hungary (I am studying here since 2014 and my residence permit in Hungary expires in 2018). My question is the following. For summer vacations I plan to go to Peru. It would be a Budapest-London Gatwick with Easy Jet and from London-Gatwick to Lima via British Airways. The point is that I would have to pick up luggage when I arrive to London from Budapest and going with it to check in British Airways counter for Lima. Even it is in the same airport, maybe this thing of picking luggage there would force me to pass the UK Border Control (I am not sure). In this case, having my valid residence permit for studies in Hungary (member of the European Union) will allow me to do this?. Thank you very much in advance!

    • Hi there Raul,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  322. I had a quick question, my Wife is travelling to USA from Pakistan also Pakistan National while holding a Valid USA B1/B2 Visa, her flight will have a 11 hour stay in London since her sister is living in UK would she be able to cross immigration and will she be able to apply for a transit visa in the airport, or does she have to apply before leaving Pakistan for the transit visa to leave the Airport for the 11 hours?

    • Hi there Sharn,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. – Charlene

  323. Hi there! Hope you can help us too with our query for this coming holiday.
    We are residents in Dubai, UAE holding Filipino passport. We also have US visas. We are traveling to the US for Christmas via British Airways and we have at least 9hrs of lay-over. Can we do a transit visa to UK during that time? Or at least stay overnight before our fight back to Dubai? Appreciate your kind response. Thank you!

    • Hi Marie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Filipino passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  324. Hi,
    I am living in Belgium now as a student and i have a resident permit of Belgium. My Nationality is Pakistani and i have to travel to Pakistan from Brussels. There are two connections, one in London and second in Doha. Stopover in London will be of 10 hours probably and connecting flight will leave on the next day.
    i have two questions:
    Do i need any transit visa to go through?
    Do i need to arrange overnight accommodation for this connection?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Pakistani passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. To my knowledge you would need to apply for a transit visa however please contact the relevant parties they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  325. Hi

    I am a South African national, in 2011 I applied for UK tourist visa with family and it was denied on the basis of finance and source of income unknown and submitting the false information, While there was nothing misleading or false but anyway we end up traveling to Japan that time. Now I am traveling to USA in January with family visa has been obtained. Wonder if I transit through UK they might deny transit on the basis of my previous visa refusal to UK as refusal stamp is still in my passport.

    Please advice

    • Hi Nadeem,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      One is not able to say if you will be denied entry as it is up to the immigration officials discretion.

      I am not sure how long they have that information on record when one is denied a visa. I would suggest contacting the Embassy direct. They specialize in these kind of queries and sure they would be able to shed more light.

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