Transit Visas

A transit visitor is a person who seeks to travel via the UK en route to another destination country outside the common travel area.

Individuals seeking to transit the UK without passing through the UK border may need a Direct Airside Transit Visa as they will be changing flights in the UK and won’t be going through UK border control.

Visa Nationals

A visa national must either hold a transit visit visa or, if they meet the requirements for admission under the transit without visa scheme in V 7.6 – V 7.8, they may seek ‘leave to enter’ at the UK border.

  • General requirements

    To be able to travel to the UK on a visit visa you must meet certain minimum requirements.

    To apply for a transit visa you must be:

    • In transit to another country with enough funds and the intention to travel on, and
    • Be able to prove you can enter that country, and
    • Be able to show that the only purpose of your visit to the UK is transit

    Evidence to provide in support of your application

    An applicant must satisfy the decision maker that they:

    • Are genuinely in transit to another country outside the common travel area, meaning the main purpose of their visit is to transit the UK and that the applicant is taking a reasonable transit route, and
    • Will not access public funds or medical treatment, work or study in the UK, and
    • Genuinely intend and are able to leave the UK within 48 hours after their arrival, and
    • Are assured entry to their country of destination and any other countries they are transiting on their way there

Long-Term Visit Visa

You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to pass through the UK in transit regularly over a longer period.

You can stay for a maximum of 48 hours on each visit and your visa can last for one, two, five or ten years.

Eligibility Requirements

To be able to get a long-term visit visa you must meet certain minimum requirements. You must be able to prove that:

  • You have a frequent and ongoing need to pass through the UK in transit, and
  • The reason for your need to pass through the UK is unlikely to change significantly while the visa is valid, and
  • You plan to leave the UK at the end of each transit

Providing Evidence to Support Your Application

For any visa application you will need to provide evidence to support the statements you have made in that application. Documents that you will need to provide in support of your long-term visit visa application are:

  • Current passport
  • Evidence that you are assured entry into the country you are travelling onto, such as a residence permit, green card or visa
  • Evidence that your onward journey from the UK has been booked and confirmed

If you are not a national or resident of the country of destination, you may wish to provide evidence of reason for travel, such as a holiday booking confirmation.

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