I have been granted a UK visitor visa which I applied for in Dubai. My visa application states 24th June, but my visa start date states 25th June. I have my graduation ceremony to attend on 25th June so I want to travel on 24th June. What can I do about this, as the airline will not allow me board before 25th?

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    The time of boarding is not what counts. If the flight you're trying to board is scheduled to arrive before the visa is valid, expect that the airline will refuse you. May 9, 2018 at 12:32
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    I did a small edit to remove the caps, as it's considered shouting and not very nice (and capitalized others, the 'I' when it refers you).
    – Giorgio
    May 9, 2018 at 12:35
  • You can either request a new visa or book a flight arriving in the UK in the early AM May 9, 2018 at 12:47
  • Thanks! I have checked with some airlines but they said I cant even travel with 12.40am flight on 25th as I will have to board 1hr before my flight
    May 9, 2018 at 12:49
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    Note, however, that the rules matter less than the airline's interpretation of the rules, since they are the ones letting you on or not.
    – ajd
    May 9, 2018 at 13:53

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If your visa says 25 then 25 it is. You can not reach there on 24th and claim that I applied for 24th, even the airline will refuse boarding. Try to rebook so you reach in the early hours of 25th.

  • Thanks, but are you sure i will be allowed to board even if the flight gets to UK on the early hours of 25th? I can actually do that.
    May 9, 2018 at 12:53
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    Yes you will be because you will reach the U.K. within the validity of your visa. But it might take some convincing so I would talk to the airline while getting the ticket and confirm. May 9, 2018 at 12:56

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