UK transit visa rules to change from December 1

Written by | November 30, 2014 | 0

Under the new rules, if you are transiting landside (e.g. you will arrive at one airport and leave from another or you need to pass through border control to collect your luggage for your connecting flight), then you must hold:

1. A valid Electronic Visa Waiver — these are single entry, so one would be needed for each landside transit (UAE, Oman and Qatar nationals only).

or,

2. A UK visitor in transit visa (or any other valid UK visa)

or,

3. You must have a valid exemption document and:

a. arrive and depart the UK by air

b. have a confirmed onward flight which leaves the UK by 23.59hrs the day after you arrive in the UK

c. have the right documents for your destination (e.g. a visa for your destination country)

Changes specific to Emirati, Qatari and Omani nationals:

Airside Transit (you will not pass through UK border control): If you are planning to transit the UK airside, you do not need a visa to transit the UK.

Landside transit (e.g. you will arrive at one airport and leave from another or you need to pass through border control to collect your luggage for your connecting flight).

From 1 December, if you intend to transit the UK landside, you must hold:

A valid Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) — EVWs are single entry, so one would be needed for each landside transit.

Or

A UK visitor in transit visa (or any other valid UK visa)

Or

A valid exemption document (see below) AND you must:

a. Arrive and depart the UK by air

b. Have a confirmed onward flight which leaves the UK by 23.59hrs the day after you arrive in the UK

c. Have the right documents for your destination (e.g. a visa for your destination country)

The decision to allow you to transit the UK landside without a visa is taken by the Border Force officer in the United Kingdom. You may not be allowed to transit the UK without a visa or EVW if the Border Force officer believes you do not qualify under the immigration rules, so you might prefer to apply for a transit visa or EVW before you travel to ensure you are not delayed at UK border control

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