Transit guidance

Transit guidance for entry clearance and Border Force staff.


Transit guidance

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This guidance is intended for entry clearance and Border Force staff and covers:

  • transit visitors
  • standard visitors and marriage or civil partnership visitors wishing to transit
  • transit without visa (TWOV) scheme
  • direct airside transit

It is based on the:

  • Immigration Rules
  • Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) Order 2014 (as amended)
Published 16 January 2018
Last updated 16 January 2018 + show all updates
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