I am travelling to Dubai from Colombia, and I need to stopover UK. I saw that they allow me transit without a visa if I have a US visa and I am travelling "as part of a reasonable journey" to the US.

Now, I am wondering if buying a ticket leaving from Dubai after say 2 weeks to the US, would qualify as a reasonable journey?

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    So your itinerary is Colombia to UK to Dubai, where you will stay for two weeks? To me, that is clearly not a journey to the US; it's a journey to Dubai. If you're flying from Dubai to the US two weeks later, that seems like a separate journey. Feb 9, 2020 at 20:28
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    And if your primary goal were really to get from Colombia to the US, getting there via the UK and Dubai with a two-week stopover would clearly not be a reasonable way to do it. Feb 9, 2020 at 20:31
  • Well, I am going for a conference in Dubai and then on I need to go to the US. It can be earlier, say the day after I arrive in Dubai... but the jetlag would be beyond insane.
    – Joe
    Feb 9, 2020 at 20:51
  • You asked specifically about going from Dubai to the US, but it certainly is not reasonable to go from Colombia to the US via the UK then Dubai. Those would be treated as separate journeys. Feb 9, 2020 at 22:01
  • What you can persuade UK immigration of is irrelevant for practical purposes. The airline will see you as travelling to Dubai via London, and if you need a transit visa for that trip and don't have one, they'll not let you on the plane!
    – user105640
    Feb 11, 2020 at 0:04

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"Reasonable" in this context means that it makes sense to transit the UK on your given itinerary.

For instance, transiting the UK between Dubai and the US is a little odd given the large number of direct flights, but it could be reasonable if you found cheap tickets.

An unreasonable journey would be one in which transiting the UK makes no sense at all, such as flying from Dubai to Bahrain.

  • Do you know if on that context, my arrival in Dubai and then leaving to the US later would still constitute a reasonable journey? I mean, do they consider the condition of transit without visa even if my flight to the US is booked but for a later date than my arrival in Dubai?
    – Joe
    Feb 9, 2020 at 20:20
  • @Joe That depends on why your Dubai-US itinerary transits the UK, I suppose. Feb 9, 2020 at 20:21
  • Ok, so it is possible that the days between my arrival in Dubai and when I leave to the US, might not be an issue?
    – Joe
    Feb 9, 2020 at 20:26
  • @Joe I don't see any problem with going from Dubai to the US via the UK. Feb 9, 2020 at 20:58
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    @MichaelHampton - Your answer is completely accurate in everything it says, but I think it rather misses the mark of the OP's proposal. The OP is proposing to fly Colombia-UK-Dubai, then have a two week holiday, then fly Dubai-US. As such, when he passes through the UK he will not be transiting the UK from Dubai to the US, he will actually be transiting the UK from Colombia to Dubai. The transit in the UK will therefore not be part of "a reasonable journey to the US".
    – AndyT
    Feb 10, 2020 at 11:23

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