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
- will not go through immigration control
Check if you need a transit visa before you apply.
You do not 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.
Documents you need
To apply for a DATV, you must have a current passport or other valid travel identification document.
You need to provide evidence that you’re allowed to enter the country you’re travelling to, such as a:
- residence permit
- green card
- valid visa
If you’re not a resident or national of the country you’re travelling to, you may need to explain why you’re going there. You may need to provide details of where you’re staying.
You must also provide evidence that your onward journey is booked or confirmed, such as:
- a flight booking email
- printed tickets
- confirmation from a travel agent
Your onward flight must be within 24 hours of your arrival in the UK.
Bring your visa and documents with you when you travel through the UK.
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 cannot apply online if you’re applying from North Korea.
Download the application form.
Read the instructions for applying from North Korea.