In online application form (UK standard Visitor Visa) , I find two different word. i) Intended travel date ii) date of arrival in Uk. Do these two term has same meaning? I have no confusion on arrival date in UK. But does intended travel date meant for when I will start from my own country? or it is for when I will arrive at UK.

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    You’re splitting hairs. For some people with short journeys it is the same, for some with long journeys it is a day or more later. Your travel date is when you commenced your journey. Arrival date is self explanatory. Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 8:28
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    The UK doesn't cae where you come from and how you've gotten to their border, so obviously it's when you want to arrive in the UK that matters when applying for a UK visa. Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 8:46
  • Thank you very much for providing your answer.
    – Kamal
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 10:04

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Depending on an itinerary, the intended date of travel and date of arrival in the UK may be the same, or within a day or two, if one is going directly to the UK from their home country (or country of residence). However, for some, travel plans may include other destinations (one or more countries) before entry into the UK.


Intended travel date = the date that you start to travel

Date of arrival = the date that you come to the destination


"Intended travel date" is used to defer the visa start date for the maximum of 3 months from the date of application submission. "Date of arrival in the UK" is exactly that - the date you arrive in the UK based on your booking/itinerary (if any).

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