Visa to pass through the UK in transit

1. Overview

You might need a visa to pass through the UK in transit (on your way to another country).

Check if you need one before you apply.

To get a transit visa you must prove that:

  • you’ll be in transit to another country, with enough funds and the intention to travel on
  • you can enter that country
  • the only purpose of your visit to the UK is transit

You don’t need a transit visa if you:

Not leaving the airport

Apply for a Direct Airside Transit visa (DATV) if you’ll be changing flights in the UK and won’t be going through UK border control.

DATVs last for up to 24 hours.

Leaving the airport

Apply for a Visitor in Transit visa if you’ll be going through UK border control but leaving the UK within 48 hours.

You’ll need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if:

  • you need to stay longer in the UK
  • you can prove you need to frequently pass through the UK over a longer period

Fees

Direct Airside Transit visa (DATV) - £34
Visitor in Transit visa - £62

The cost may vary slightly depending on which country you’re in.

Long-term Standard Visitor visa fees are:

  • 2 years - £337
  • 5 years - £612
  • 10 years - £767