Visitor in Transit visa
You might need a Visitor in Transit visa if you’re:
- changing flights in the UK on your way to another country
- going through UK border control, for example to check in your luggage for a connecting flight
- leaving the UK within 48 hours
- not working or studying while in the UK
You may not have to apply for a visa. What you need to do depends on your nationality and whether you need to enter the UK. Check if you need to apply for a visa.
If you will not be going through UK border control, check if you need a Direct Airside Transit visa instead.
You do not need a transit visa if you have a valid:
- EEA family permit
- EU Settlement Scheme family permit
- Home Office travel document, for example you’re a refugee or stateless person
- Standard Visitor visa
- Marriage Visitor visa
You need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you’re staying in the UK for more than 48 hours.
Travel to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland
You might need to apply for a visitor visa to travel through the UK to get to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland.
You’ll usually need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa unless you’re exempt.
You do not need a UK visitor visa if:
- you have a valid visa for the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
- you have a valid Irish biometric visa (marked ‘BC’ or ‘BC BIVS’ in the ‘Remarks’ section)
If you need to pass through the UK regularly
You can also apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa if you need to pass through the UK in transit regularly over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 2, 5 or 10 years.
Documents you need
To apply for a Visitor in Transit visa, you must have a current passport or other valid travel 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 48 hours of your arrival in the UK.
Bring your visa and documents with you when you travel through the UK.
You must apply online for a Visitor in 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.