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I may need to go to the UK for a day. I live in Turkey and I am a Turkish citizen. Do I need a visa to come to the UK for only one day?

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The IATA has an online resource to answer these type of questions. It seems (after entering some random data), that you need a visa even for 1 day.

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Thanks! I wasn't aware of that feature of IATA. Very handy way to check the requirements. – tugberk Nov 6 '12 at 14:52

When visiting the UK, use the UK Border Agency “do you need a visa?” questionnaire.

Being a national of Turkey, you do need a visa almost no matter what. If you stay in the UK for one day on your way between two different places, you'll be in transit (transit can be up to 48 hours for Turkey, shorter for some other nationalities). UK transit comes in three flavors: airside (staying in an airport without passing through immigration), landside, and “common travel area” (i.e. on your way to or from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man). There are rare and complex transit visa exemptions, mostly to do with visa status in the EU, US, Canada, Australia or NZ. Only airside transit has special rules, other types of transit visa fall under the general heading of visitor visas.

Coming from Turkey, you will need to apply for a UK visa through TLSContact (a commercial company that manages all UK visa applications in many locations).

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Are you sure you need WorldBridge, and that they are not just one of many companies that offer something for lots of money that you can get easily a lot cheaper? The UK government website is probably easier and cheaper. – gnasher729 Nov 10 at 23:38
@gnasher729 You've linked to the site that lets you determine whether you need a visa, which is only the first step. Actually getting the visa requires submitting a bunch of paperwork, and the UK government has privatized this step in many countries. It does look that WorldBridge doesn't (no longer?) do the processing for Turkey, I'm now redirected to a different private company. – Gilles Nov 11 at 0:14

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