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Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

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Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Hello,

I am flying from Mumbai (BOM) to San Francisco (SFO), on a Jet Airways (9W 120) + Virgin Atlantic (codeshared- 9W 5830) flight. with a transit in London Heathrow.

The Jet Airways flight from BOM to LHR lands in terminal 2 international and after a 6 hr layover, my next flight- LHR to SFO (Virgin Atlantic) is from Terminal 3.

The Airline has confirmed to me that my bags will be automatically transferred, but I am getting conflicting answers on the need for a transit visa. I do have a valid visa for travel to the US.

I request any member in the community who may have taken the same flight/ similar connection, to let me know if they needed a visa and/ or if I'd be needing one.

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

What passport will you be travelling on?

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2. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Why don't you just check it for yourself on the UK gov site

https:/…direct-airside-transit-visa

If you have a visa for the USA then off the top of my head on an Indian passport you won't need a DATV. You won't even cross the UK border.

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3. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

You can check this here on the website of the UK Government:

https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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4. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Thanks for your reply.

I did check the site.

According to this, a DATV doesn't seem to be required. But , since an inter-terminal transfer is involved, wanted to confirm.

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5. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Simple answer (which most of us know, as it's come up so often) - with your itinerary, and assuming you are an Indian national, you won't need a visa. You are exempt because you have a visa for the USA.

But... do double-check using the visa checker linked above, just to be sure.

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6. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

<<since an inter-terminal transfer is involved, wanted to confirm.>>

The point is not if you need to change the terminal. The point is that you do not have to go beyond immigration (hence you stay airside).

So please be sure hat you luggage gets checked through to the final destination and not to LHR.

Edited: 01 October 2017, 19:00
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7. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

The site we linked is not confusing. Even if you had to pass border controls, which as said already, you don't, then you still are exempt from a DATV because of the US visa.

When you already checked and got to the bit where it says "Will you pass through UK border control?" in both cases yes/no it says you will require a visa unless one of the exceptions apply. US Visa and onward travel to the US applies to both as exceptions.

So how is this not clear??

If you were need to ask if you would pass border control then perhaps that might have been a more valid question.

Edited: 01 October 2017, 19:21
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8. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Indian Passport, have a US visa

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9. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Thanks much,

Not sure if there is a border control between terminal 2 and 3.

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10. Re: Do I need a Transit visa ( DATV) in London Heathrow?

Thanks, Noted.

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