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Visa and Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) nationals (20/12/06)

Visa nationals are those who require a visa for every entry to the UK, though some may be able to “Transit Without Visa”. Those who require visas for transit as well are listed below under Direct Airside transit. Read Transit (INF 20) guidance for more information.

Afghanistan Ghana Philippines
Albania
Guinea
Qatar
Algeria
Guinea Bissau
Russia
Angola
Guyana
Rwanda
Armenia
Haiti
Sao Tome & Principe
Azerbaijan
India
Saudi Arabia
Bahrain
Indonesia
Senegal
Bangladesh
Iran
Serbia
Belarus
Iraq
Sierra Leone
Benin
Ivory Coast
Somalia
Bhutan
Jamaica
Sri Lanka
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Jordan
Sudan
Burkina Faso
Kazakhstan
Surinam
Burma (Myanmar)
Kenya
Syria
Burundi
Korea (Dem. People's Rep)
Taiwan
Cambodia
Kuwait
Tajikistan
Cameroon
Kyrgyzstan
Tanzania
Cape Verde
Laos
Thailand
Central African Republic
Lebanon
Togo
Chad
Liberia
Tunisia
China, People's Rep.of
Libya
Turkey
Colombia
Macedonia
'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'
Comoros
Madagascar
Turkmenistan
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Malawi
Uganda

Mali
Ukraine
Congo, Republic of
Mauritania
United Arab Emirates
Cuba
Moldova
Uzbekistan
Djibouti
Mongolia
Vatican City (service & emergency passports only)
Dominican Republic
Montenegro
Vietnam
Ecuador
Morocco
Yemen
Egypt
Mozambique
Zambia
Equatorial Guinea
Nepal
Zimbabwe
Eritrea
Niger

Ethiopia
Nigeria

Fiji
Oman

Gabon
Pakistan

Gambia
Peru

Georgia
Palestinian Authority

From 13 November 2005 all non-visa nationals - except British nationals without right of abode in the UK - require entry clearance for all stays of more than six months.


Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) nationals (24/07/07)

In addition to needing a visa to enter the United Kingdom, nationals of the following countries also require a visa to transit through the UK, known as Direct Airside Transit (DATV). See our Transit (INF 20) for more information.

Afghanistan Liberia
Albania Macedonia
Algeria Malawi
Angola Moldova
Bangladesh Mongolia
Belarus Montenegro
Burma Nepal
Burundi Nigeria
Cameroon Palestinian Authority
China, Peoples Republic of Pakistan
Colombia Rwanda
Congo Senegal
Congo, Democratic Republic of Serbia
Ecuador (including documents issued by
Eritrea the United Nations Mission in Kosovo)
Ethiopia Sierra Leone
Gambia Sudan
Ghana Somalia
Guinea Sri Lanka
Guinea-Bisau Tanzania
India Turkey
Iran 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'
Iraq Uganda
Ivory Coast Vietnam
Kenya Zimbabwe
Lebanon  

Passengers exempt from the DATV requirement
Holders of certain documents are, regardless of nationality, exempt from the requirement to hold a Direct Airside Transit Visa when transiting the UK.

A transit passenger is not required to hold a transit visa if he holds or a person with whom he arrives in the United Kingdom holds on his behalf:

  1. a valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from another country or territory to the country in respect of which the visa is held;
  2. a valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from the country in respect of which the visa is held to another country or territory;
  3. a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America to another country or territory, provided that the transit passenger does not seek to transit the United Kingdom on a date more than six months from the date on which he last entered Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America with a valid visa for entry to that country;
  4. a valid USA I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 21st April 1998;
  5. a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 28th June 2002;
  6. a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA State;
  7. a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA State pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No. 1030/2002;
  8. a diplomatic or service passport issued by the People’s Republic of China; or
  9. a diplomatic or official passport issued by India; or,
  10. a diplomatic or official passport issued by Vietnam.

Notes:

  1. A valid U.S. immigrant visa packet (form 155A/155B)is a 'valid visa for DATV exemption purposes.
  2. An expired I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 21 April 1998 when accompanied by an I-797 letter issued by the Bureau of Citizenship authorising its extension, exempts the holder from the DATV requirement.
  3. Holding either an I-512 Parole letter or an I-797C (Notice of Action) instead of a valid U.S. visa; or a Transportation Letter instead of a valid U.S. Permanent Residence Card issued on or after 21 April 1998; or a U.S Visa Foil endorsed, "NOT A VISA. FOIL PREPARED AT DHS REQUEST" does NOT qualify for exemption from the DAT visa requirement.
  4. Holding a valid travel document with a U.S. ADIT stamp worded – “Processed for I-551. TEMPORARY EVIDENCE OF LAWFUL ADMISSION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE VALID UNTIL…. EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZED” does NOT qualify for exemption from the DAT visa requirement.
  5. Whether holders of non-national (including refugee travel documents) require a DATV depends on their nationality and whether they qualify for one of the exemptions listed above. So, for instance, the holder of a non-national travel document (e.g. a refugee travel document) who is a national or a citizen of one of the countries listed on the DATV list (e.g. Afghanistan) will require a direct airside transit visa if they are travelling to the UK to transit on to a third country.

Transiting to the Republic of Ireland
Passengers must pass through immigration control in order to take a flight to Ireland. Visa nationals (and passengers qualifying for DATV exemption above) may Transit without Visa providing they fulfil the TWOV conditions and are properly documented for entry into Ireland.

DATV nationals transiting to Ireland must obtain a visit visa - not a Visitor in Transit visa which is only for transit to a destination outside the Common Travel Area (Rules HC395 paragraph 47 refers).

All visa nationals wishing to transit the UK but spend longer doing so than the 24 hours permitted under the TWOV concession must obtain a visitor in transit visa for stays up to 48 hours or a visit visa.

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