The new Visitor Visa system has simplified the system by reducing the 15 types of UK Visitor Visa categories to four. The four categories now consist of:
- Visit (standard) – the standard visa available to tourists;
- Marriage / Civil Partnership Visit – this covers those entering the UK to finalise marriage and civil partnerships;
- Permitted Paid Engagements (PPE) Visit – a visa for persons who will be undertaking paid engagements such as theatre appearances, concerts and performing arts;
- Transit Visit – will be for people transits through the UK.
Under certain conditions may need a visa to pass through the UK in transit.
To apply for a transit visa you must be:
- in transit to another country with enough funds and the intention to travel on;
- able to prove you can enter that country;
- able to show that the only purpose of your visit to the UK is transit.
There are two sub-categories:
Direct Airside Transit Visa – Not leaving the airport
- Apply for aDirect Airside Transit visa (DATV) if you’ll be changing flights in the UK and won’t be going through UK border control.
- DATVslast for up to 24 hours.
- You can’t apply for this visa if you need to go through immigration (‘cross the border’) e.g. to check in your luggage on to a connecting flight – you need to apply for a Visitor in Transit visa instead.
- You may need a Direct Airside Transit visa (DATV) if you’ll be changing flights in the UK without going through immigration control and you’re from outside theEuropean Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Visitor In Transit Visa – Leaving the airport
- Apply for aVisitor in Transit visa if you’ll be going through UK border control but leaving the UK within 48 hours.
- You can also apply for a long-term Visitor in Transit visa if you can prove you need to frequently pass through the UK multiple times, over a longer period.
You may need a Visitor in Transit visa if you’ll be going through immigration control but leaving the UK within 48 hours and you’re:
- from outside theEuropean Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;
- not going to work or study while in the UK.
Most applications are processed within 15 days.
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