I will be travelling to UK on business visa in August for a week. But in september I have plans to transit through UK to Jamaica. I have booked a flight which will be landing in London heathrow airport and then get on another plane from Gatwick airport within 24 hours.

Question - Do I need to apply for transit visa as well or I can transit on my Business visa?

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    For a start - what's the validity on your business visa?
    – CMaster
    Jul 3 '15 at 8:15
  • Valid till six months from now
    – Pooja
    Jul 3 '15 at 8:23
  • Multiple entries or single entry??
    – zeocrash
    Jul 3 '15 at 8:40
  • multiple entries
    – Pooja
    Jul 3 '15 at 8:41
  • I think you'll be fine. What kind of business visa are you on?
    – zeocrash
    Jul 3 '15 at 8:47

There is no need to obtain a UK transit visa if you already hold a more senior visa of any type. The primary legislation for this situation is in Section 33 of the Immigration Act 1971, which is referenced in Appendix V of the current rules...

visit visa means an entry clearance for the purpose of a visit under section 33 of the Immigration Act 1971. It is normally a vignette in the holder’s passport. It includes entry clearances for visitors that were issued under paragraphs 40-56, 56D-56J, 56N-56Z, 75A-75M of these Rules and Appendix V

Based upon what you wrote, you have a visitor visa which will be in force during your transit. By default, these visas are multiple entry with a term of 6 months. During that period you can engage in any of the "permitted activities", which includes transit.

Related question: Do I need a transit visa if I already have a UK Business visit visa

See also: Do I need a UK airside transit visa, if I already have a UK visitor visa?


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