Rules for transit in the UK for Indian citizens

You’ll need a visa to pass through the UK in transit

You should apply for a Visitor in Transit visa if you arrive on a flight and will pass through immigration control before you leave the UK.

Transiting without a visa

You might be eligible for ‘transit without visa’ if:

  1. you arrive and depart by air

  2. have a confirmed onward flight that leaves on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive

  3. have the right documents for your destination (eg a visa for that country)

How to confirm the second point?


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It means you must hold a ticket out of the UK within the specified time. You can't present yourself to the immigration checkpoint and tell the officer you will buy a ticket before leaving and you can't use this facility to stay 2 or 3 days in the UK.

If you choose widely, you could have more than 24 hours to do some sightseeing but basically, it's a concession to allow you to collect and re-check your bags or switch airports but not a way to circumvent the visitor visa requirements (and fee) if you really intend to stay a few days in the UK.

Note that you must also fulfill one of the conditions listed further down the page.


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