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Changes to transit visas
15/Jan/2015
1. Direct Airside Transit visas
Direct Airside Transit Visas (DATVs) are needed for some nationals who require a visa to transit to the UK both airside and landside. The nationals include:

country country country country
Afghanistan Ghana Nepal Uganda
Albania Guinea Nigeria Venezuela
Algeria Guinea B Pakistan Vietnam
Angola India Palestinian Yemen
Bangladesh Iran Territories Yugoslavian (docs)
Belarus Iraq Rwanda Zimbabwe
Burundi Ivory Coast Senegal
Burma Jamaica Serbia
Cameroon Kenya Sierra Leone
China Kosovo Somalia
Congo – Braz Lebanon South Africa
DPR Congo Lesotho Sri Lanka
Egypt Liberia Sudan
Eritrea Libya Swaziland
Ethiopia FYR Macedonia Syria
Gambia Malawi Tanzania
Moldova Turkish Republic of N Cyprus
Mongolia Turkey
If you are a national of one of the countries above, from 1 December 2014 you will:

have the option of either applying for a transit visa for making an airside or landside transit, or using one of an extended list of ‘exemption’ documents for example an EEA or Swiss common format residence permit; a full list of requirements for nationals can be found on pages 11 and 12 of the Immigration Rules: statement of changes

pay a reduced cost for a DATV of £30, which will be valid for 2 years for genuine and frequent transit travellers

If you are a Chinese and Indian traveller, you can also use a British and Irish Visa scheme biometric visa as an exemption document for transit.

2. Non-Direct Airside Transit visa nationals
Other travellers only need a visa to transit landside. These are known as a non-Direct Airside Transit national. The nationals include:

country country country country
Armenia Ecuador Morocco Zambia
Azerbaijan Equatorial Guinea Mozambique
Bahrain Fiji Niger
Benin Gabon Oman
Bhutan Georgia Peru
Bolivia Guyana Philippines
Bosnia Haiti Qatar
Herzegovina Indonesia Russia
Burkina Faso Jordan Sao Tome & Principe
Cambodia Kazakhstan Saudi Arabia
Cape Verde D.P.R Korea Surinam
Chad Kuwait Taiwan
Central African Republic Kyrgyzstan Turkmenistan
Colombia Laos Ukraine
Comoros Mali UAE
Cuba Madagascar Uzbekistan
Dominican Republic Mauritania
Djibouti Montenegro
If you are a national of one of the countries above, from 1 December 2014 you will:

be unable to transit the UK landside with just a confirmed onward ticket, instead you will need a transit visa or one of the exemption documents listed below

be able to use one of an extended list of ‘exemption’ documents for example an EEA or Swiss common format residence permit; a full list of requirements for nationals can be found on pages 11 and 12 of the Immigration Rules: statement of changes

need to arrive and depart by air, have a confirmed onward flight which leaves by 11.59pm the following day and have the right documents for your destination

If you are a national from Ecuador, Bolivia and Montenegro you will no longer be required to hold a UK DATV, or a valid exemption document, for airside transit.
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