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I will travel to US for a conference at the end of the April, and I might be using British Airways which has a connecting flight in London.

I am working in Spain and have a residence permit (since October). I wonder even if I have this card would I need to apply for a transit visa? I am a citizen of Turkey. I wonder if also Brexit has any consequences on this?

  • Brexit wont happen until 2019 at the earliest. – Diego Sánchez Feb 11 '17 at 9:20
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    @DiegoSánchez Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty does permit withdrawal to happen less than two years after notification, so it could - but I would agree that that is unlikely. – MadHatter Feb 11 '17 at 9:48
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As stated on the GOV.UK website, being a resident of Spain, as well as a US visa holder, you do not need a transit visa. Just be sure to present your US visa at the bag drop and the gate, which you have to anyway.

To clarify, you can transit the UK without a visa either with a US visa or Spanish residence permit. You have both!

If you have two separate bookings, you'll need to cross the UK border to pick up and re-check the luggage. In this case, present your passport (open at the page with the US visa), residence permit, e-ticket of the connecting flight and filled-out landing card (which airline crew will distribute - but only take one if you're going to enter the UK)

If an ignorant bag drop or gate agent tries to deny you boarding without a visa, insist that they check Timatic, a database which has all info about these things. In that case, make sure to tell the agent to put in "Alien resident of"=Spain, and the UK as the transit, NOT destination, country.

As for Brexit, literally no one knows - they haven't even started the negotations yet.

  • You refer to this item, is that right: a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland? I will have single flight purchased from British Airways (Madrid->Londong->US), and there is only 2-hour wait in London. Then, I believe I can go ahead and book my ticket without worrying about the visa! – renakre Feb 11 '17 at 10:22
  • and also thanks for this caution If an ignorant bag drop or gate agent tries to deny you boarding without a visa, insist that they check Timatic, a database which has all info about these things. – renakre Feb 11 '17 at 10:22
  • @renakre See my latest update! – Crazydre Feb 11 '17 at 10:30
  • Yes! (either with a US visa) – renakre Feb 11 '17 at 10:31
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    @renakre "a visa for Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the USA (this can be used for travel to any country)" – Crazydre Feb 11 '17 at 10:32

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