Direct Airside Transit visa
You might need a Direct Airside Transit visa (DATV) if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and you:
- will be changing flights in the UK on your way to another country
- won’t go through immigration control
Check if you need a transit visa before you apply.
You don’t need one if you have a valid:
- EEA family permit
- Home Office travel document, for example you’re a refugee or stateless person
- Standard Visitor visa
- Marriage Visitor visa
You must apply for another type of visitor visa if you’re travelling to or from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
You must provide a current passport or other valid travel identification.
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances - read the guidance for a full list.
Apply outside the UK
You must apply online for a Direct Airside Transit visa:
You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.
You can’t apply online if you’re applying from North Korea.
Download the application form.
Read the instructions for applying from North Korea.