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Do I need a visa for the United Kingdom if I fly from Hamburg, Germany to Heathrow via BA and from Heathrow to South Africa via Virgin.

I will not leave the airport, I'm a South African citizen which requires a visa when entering the UK.

Do I need a visa if I book the tickets separately Do I need a visa if I book the tickets together on a site like flugladen.de?

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Yes, you need to apply for a Transit Visa, regardless of whether you pass through the border control or not. You may be exempt if you have:

a visa for Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the USA (this can be used for travel to any country)

a residence permit issued by Australia or New Zealand

a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland

a resident permit issued by Canada after 28 June 2002

a uniform format category D visa for entry into a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

an Irish biometric visa (marked ‘BC’ or ‘BC BIVS’ in the ‘Remarks’ section)

a Schengen Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) group tourism visa where the holder is travelling to the Schengen country that issued the visa

a flight ticket from the Schengen area, if you can prove that you entered the Schengen area in the previous 30 days on the basis of a valid Schengen ADS visa

a valid USA I-551 Temporary Immigrant visa issued by the USA (a wet-ink stamp version will not be accepted)

a valid USA permanent residence card issued by the USA on or after 21 April 1998

an expired USA I-551 Permanent Residence card issued by the USA on or after 21 April 1998, with a valid I-797 letter authorising extension

a valid standalone US Immigration Form 155A/155B issued by the USA (attached to a sealed brown envelope)

You can check for yourself in https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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