I am a DATv national, I do not qualify for the visa waiver and I will pass UK en route to another Common Travel Area destination. Which visa do I need?

I am a DATv national and do not qualify for the visa waiver. Which visa do I need?

Your country is on the list of so-called DATv (Direct Airside Transit visa) countries and you do not qualify for the visa waiver (see our separate page on the transit visa waiver concession). You need to transit the UK en route to another Common Travel Area destination, for example, the Republic of Ireland. Which visa do you need?

The United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland collectively form a common travel area. Direct Airside Transit visas are not (not) valid for travel to another part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) because passengers must pass UK immigration control (i.e. enter the country) in order to take a flight to their final CTA destination.

Like the Direct Airside Transit visa, the provisions of the visitor in transit visa (UK landside transit visa) also only apply if transiting the UK en route to a country outside the Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). This is because, by virtue of the Immigration Rules (paragraph 47), the landside visa (visitor in transit visa) is not (not) valid for travel to another Common Travel Area destination.

As a result, if the circumstances above apply to you (i.e. you are a DATv national and you do not qualify for the visa waiver and you need to transit the UK en route to another Common Travel Area destination), you will need to apply for a visit visa.

The information above is correct as at 2 August 2012. Remember, immigration law is complex and subject to continuous change. The information provided here may be out of date, or just based on personal experience/knowledge. The use of these pages is therefore entirely at your own risk. Before applying for any type of visas, you should always seek information from the authorities direct via their official websites. You will find some useful website details on our Links page.

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