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I am travelling to Nigeria on British Airways from America on 18th December with a stop over for 15hrs waiting before my content flight at Heathrow Airport on 19th December, 2017, can I get a transit visa for sight seeing.?

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No. A transit visa is only available if you are in transit within that, you going sight seeing would be in breach of the visa conditions. See this link for more information.

A transit visa will allow you to change airports within the UK, example would be if your flight arrives at Gatwick but your next flight takes off from Heathrow. A transit visa would allow you to leave Gatwick and travel to Heathrow, it would not allow you to stop in London to see some sights.

You could apply for a Visitor in Transit Visa. This will allow you to leave the airport and return again a few hours later. However, if you are from the USA then you might not need a visa at all. The UK and US have a "special relationship" which should allow you entrance to the UK for up to 6 months without a visa.

I suggest you take this short quiz and see what options you are given.

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    I think most people would call the "Visitor in Transit" visa a transit visa. – DJClayworth Nov 3 '17 at 13:27
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    @DJClayworth it does not matter what "most people" would call something. This site is about facts and the fact is that a "Transit Visa" is not the same as a "Visitor in Transit Visa". – Kevin Anthony Oppegaard Rose Nov 6 '17 at 6:11

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