I am planning on a holiday trip in EU before heading home for my vacation in India.
I am an Indian Citizen and am currently on F1 visa. I am using my tax money to travel to Germany to meet my friend during August-September.
I have booked British airways, where I fly from San Diego to London with 2.40 hour halt in Heathrow and London to Munich, Germany. I will be in Germany little less than 2 weeks before I head to India. My flight back is, Munich, Germany to London with 4 hours connecting in Heathrow and London to Chennai, India. My last leg of the flight is from Chennai, India to San Diego, USA via Heathrow (3 hour halt).
Leg 1: SAN-LHR-MUC : Won't need a visa as I am travelling from USA.
Leg 2: MUC-LHR-MAA : Do i need to DATV for my transit in London. I will not be leaving the airside.
Leg 3: MAA-LHR-SAN : I don't need a transit visa as I am travelling through UK to USA with a valid visa.
I have my Schengen visa for the trip Do i need to get DATV for Leg 2 of my flight? I called up British airways and they said, I don't have more than 24 hours of transit, so I don't need a visa but the UK visa and immigration page says something different.
Any help would be appreciated… I don't want to miss my connection or pay more money if i can get hassle free vacation with just additional $68 for the DATV.
P.S The whole trip is done in single booking.
UPDATE: BRITISH AIRWAYS as usual wasnt very helpful nor was the email from the british embassy. I applied for the DAT visa and awaiting the decision, Will update the post when i get the visa. i shall also update this post with the DAT visa process..Thanks for your help! UPDATE: 29th July: DAT VISA approved and got a multileg entry for 6 months.