Transit visitors are visitors passing the UK on their way to another destination country which is outside of the Common Travel Area. These visitors must either hold a transit visa or seek leave to enter the UK at the port.
People who intend to pass the UK without going through the UK Border need to have Direct Airside Transit Visa.
Transit visitors must meet the following requirements:
- The destination country for transit visitors is the country outside of the Common Travel Area and they are only passing through the UK on their reasonable route to that country.
- They will not seek any access to UK public funds, medical treatment and will not engage in any work or studies.
- They will leave the UK in either 48 hours unless these visitors come under Transit Without Visa Scheme in which case they are granted stay until 23:59 hours of the next day after the day they have arrived in the UK.
- They will be allowed entry to their destination country and any other countries they will have to transit on their way to that country.
There are separate requirements for visitors under the Transit Without Visa Scheme and they must be coming to or from certain countries.
Should you require more information or help to obtain a transit visa, please contact our friendly immigration team who will be happy to assist you with any query concerning transiting the UK.