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I’m Jordanian, traveling to Germany via London. I have a Schengen visa, do I need a transit visa in London?

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marked as duplicate by Gagravarr, Kate Gregory, VMAtm, Mark Mayo, Karlson Aug 14 '14 at 13:19

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Probably not, depending on the details of the transit. However, the Schengen visa does not generally exempt you from (transit) visa requirements in the UK. See travel.stackexchange.com/questions/34106/… and travel.stackexchange.com/questions/33997/… –  Relaxed Aug 14 '14 at 8:31

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The critical information needed to answer your question is whether or not you need to transfer in London (i.e., collect your baggage and board another plane). If the answer to this question is no, then you do NOT need a transit visa. If the answer is yes, then you need a transit visa.

There are situations where you can ask the Immigration Officer for a concession such as an onward flight within 24 hours and a valid visa for your destination. It is the IO's decision and basically down to their discretion. If the IO decides in your favour, you can continue your journey. If the IO makes an unfavourable decision, you will not be allowed to proceed. If you think that you will not receive the concession, then it's best to apply for a transit visa before your travel.

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Presumably, someone asking about basic visa rules is not in a position to judge if they are likely to receive a concession. Is it common to be turned down? How can one know in advance if that's likely? –  Relaxed Aug 14 '14 at 13:14
About 1 in every 3,000 are refused and bounced. If the applicant's passport shows a history of performance OR a favourable peripatetic history, and nothing flags up in the computer, then the chances are good. But it's totally down to whatever the IO decides. The IO has to justify a bounce with the CIO, but that's a given anyway. –  Gayot Fow Aug 14 '14 at 13:21
That's very interesting! Since this question is now closed (and will probably be automatically deleted in a few weeks), I created a new one to deal with this particular info. Maybe you could write an answer there? –  Relaxed Aug 14 '14 at 13:37

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