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1. Posted by racache (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hello,
I hold a passport from India, currently in the US (holding a US visa). I plan to travel to France and need to change planes at London Heathrow on the way from the US and back.
Do I need to get a British visitor in transit visa ? I think I am exempt because I hold valid US and Schengen visas . Just wanted to make sure.
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

You don't need one..

It's called a Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Concession... India doesn't qualify for an automatic TWOV unless you qualify for an 'exemption' which is the USA visa..

  • * although the first one may not apply to you as you are coming from france***

So you'd better check for a contact number on that page i linked..

1. You are travelling FROM the US with a valid US visa and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom to another country; or

You last entered the US with a valid US visa which has now expired but you hold a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom to another country and you are intending to transit the United Kingdom within 6 months of your last date of entry to the US

http://www.britainusa.com/visas/articles_show_nt1.asp?a=41448#exemptions

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2008, at 10:11 PM by andy11 ]

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Getting the information from the official visa source (UK Visas Website) here is the info regarding the "transit without visa" concession.

If you are a visa national or a DATV national who is exempt, you can transit without visa if you will:

  • arrive at a UK port on a ship and leave on the same ship within 24 hours; or
  • arrive and leave by air within 24 hours and have no intention of staying in the UK (you can travel by rail or road between two airports); and
  • have a confirmed onward booking that will leave within 24 hours of your arrival in the UK.

You must also have the documents you need:

  • to enter the country you are travelling to; and
  • for any other country that you may pass through on your journey.

A little further up on that page I linked to is info regarding if you have things like holding a valid visa for certain countries, including the USA. I'd suggest reading this page to get the full picture, so you can understand in relation to your specific position.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2008, at 12:59 AM by mojorob ]

4. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Quoting mojorob

Getting the information from the official visa source (UK Visas Website) here is the info regarding the "transit without visa" concession.

If you are a visa national or a DATV national who is exempt, you can transit without visa if you will:

  • arrive at a UK port on a ship and leave on the same ship within 24 hours; or
  • arrive and leave by air within 24 hours and have no intention of staying in the UK (you can travel by rail or road between two airports); and
  • have a confirmed onward booking that will leave within 24 hours of your arrival in the UK.

You must also have the documents you need:

  • to enter the country you are travelling to; and
  • for any other country that you may pass through on your journey.

A little further up on that page I linked to is info regarding if you have things like holding a valid visa for certain countries, including the USA. I'd suggest reading this page to get the full picture, so you can understand in relation to your specific position.

Thats the whole point is he exempt or not ?

If he was flying directly into the UK from the US and flying out again within 24 hours he would be fine with his USA visa which qualifies as an exemption quality, but he isn't, he is flying into france first and then the UK and then to wherever from the UK, its probably the same as though he was flying direct into the UK but you dont know as it doesn't seem to specifically cover this senario. I would phone up and check

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2008, at 1:29 AM by andy11 ]

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting andy11

Thats the whole point is he exempt or not ?

If he was flying directly into the UK from the US and flying out again within 24 hours he would be fine with his USA visa which qualifies as an exemption quality, but he isn't, he is flying into france first and then the UK and then to wherever from the UK, its probably the same as though he was flying direct into the UK but you dont know as it doesn't seem to specifically cover this senario. I would phone up and check

He's flying USA-France via Heathrow, and then back again via Heathrow. Not to France first.

The reason I'm pointing him to that page, is because there are a number of "notes" on DATV exemptions for particular scenarios. As it's not possible from the OP if any of those scenarios apply, then I suggest for the OP to check that page to determine whether or not he is eligible for exemption. Such a visa issue as this is not a simple yes or no on a forum, as a piece of information not offered may change the whole thing.

6. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting andy11

Thats the whole point is he exempt or not ?

If he was flying directly into the UK from the US and flying out again within 24 hours he would be fine with his USA visa which qualifies as an exemption quality, but he isn't, he is flying into france first and then the UK and then to wherever from the UK, its probably the same as though he was flying direct into the UK but you dont know as it doesn't seem to specifically cover this senario. I would phone up and check

He's flying USA-France via Heathrow, and then back again via Heathrow. Not to France first.

The reason I'm pointing him to that page, is because there are a number of "notes" on DATV exemptions for particular scenarios. As it's not possible from the OP if any of those scenarios apply, then I suggest for the OP to check that page to determine whether or not he is eligible for exemption. Such a visa issue as this is not a simple yes or no on a forum, as a piece of information not offered may change the whole thing.

Yup you are right, i misread the OP.!

7. Posted by racache (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi Guys,
Thanks for your posts.
After reading through the links, I think I do not require to get a transit visa.

This link shows the requirements for Tranit w/o visa:
http://www.britainusa.com/visas/articles_show_nt1.asp?a=41105

As the very end is this link:
http://www.britainusa.com/visas/articles_show_nt1.asp?a=41448#exemptions
which says

YOU ARE EXEMPT IF:

You are travelling FROM the US with a valid US visa and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom to another country; or

You are travelling TO the US from another country and hold a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom and a valid US visa; or

I guess that pretty much takes care of that.
Let me know what you think.

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Based on the information you provided, yes, you are exempted.

Quoting UK Border Agency

Am I exempt from the DATV (Direct Airside Transit Visa) requirement?
You will be exempt from the DATV requirement and may be able to transit without visa if you hold one of the following.

  • A valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel through the UK as part of a journey from another country or territory to the country for which you have the entry visa.
  • A valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel through the UK as part of a journey from the country for which you have the visa to another country or territory.
  • A valid airline ticket for travel through the UK as part of a journey from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America to another country or territory, as long as you do not transit (pass through) the UK on a date more than six months after the date on which you last entered Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America with a valid visa for that country.

Source: Transit (INF 20) - UK Border Agency

9. Posted by maruf_d (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I have an Indian passport and a Valid US visa. I will be travelling to US via UK and would like to stay for a couple of days. Would like to know if i am eligible to stay and what is the max transit period <Need to book my ticket accordingly>

Thanks.

10. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I will be travelling to US via UK and would like to stay for a couple of days.

If you want to stay for a "couple of days" in London you need a visitor's visa.

If you want to go fly through London without visa (TWOV) max. time between arrival and departure is 24 hours.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 29, 2008, at 9:01 AM by t_maia ]