2. Direct Airside Transit visa

You may need a Direct Airside Transit visa (DATV) if you’ll be changing flights in the UK without going through immigration control and you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

You should first check if you need a visa.

You don’t need to apply for one if you have:

You should 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
  • 1 passport-sized colour photograph

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.

North Korea

You can’t apply online if you’re applying from North Korea.

Download the application form.

Read the instructions for applying from North Korea.

Read the application guidance before filling in the form.