Visitor in Transit visa
You might need a Visitor in Transit visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and you’ll:
- be changing flights in the UK on your way to another country
- go through immigration control, for example to check in your luggage for a connecting flight
- leave the UK within 48 hours
- not work or study while in the UK
Check if you need a transit visa before you apply.
If you will not be going through immigration control, apply for a Direct Airside Transit visa instead.
You do not need a transit visa 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 need to apply for another type of Standard Visitor visa if you’re staying in the UK for more than 48 hours.
Travel to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland
You need to apply for another type of Standard Visitor visa if you’ll be travelling to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland.
You do not need a UK visa if you have a valid visa for the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and will travel through the UK to get there.
If you need to stay longer or pass through the UK regularly
You can also apply for a 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 48 hours on each visit and your visa can last for:
- 6 months
- 2, 5 or 10 years
You must prove that:
- you’ll only ever need to come to the UK to visit, for example to go on holiday, see family or attend a meeting
- you plan to leave the UK at the end of each transit
You may be given a visa for a shorter period than requested if you do not do this. You will not get a refund of the application fee if you get a shorter visa or your application is refused.
Documents you need
To apply for a Visitor in Transit visa, 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 48 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 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.
You cannot apply online if you’re applying from North Korea.
Download the application form.
Read the instructions for applying from North Korea.