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Transit Visa

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Transit Visa

I have been searching all avenues for a direct confirmation on whether I will need a direct airside transit visa, and seem nowhere nearer to an answer as a week ago.

Here are the stats: SA citizen with SA passport , valid US visa, traveling on BA from ORT to JFK, 8 hrs layover at Heathrow, not intending to leave airport, checking bag through to JFK, will have to change from terminal 5 to 3.

Most info seems contradicting, or explains I might be exempt, but then it is at the customs officer's discretion.

Has any of you been in this situation lately? What was the outcome?

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Transit Visa

Is this all one ticket? Meaning your bag is transferred through from JNB (not ORT) to JFK? If so, the UK government page I found states this when I plug in South African passport + transit + not crossing a UK border:

You’ll need a visa to pass through the UK in transit (unless you’re exempt)

You should apply for a Direct Airside Transit visa if you arrive in the UK on a flight and leave again without passing through immigration control.

Exemptions

You don’t need a visa if you have one of the following:

a visa for Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the USA (this can be used for travel to any country)

a residence permit issued by Australia or New Zealand

you have a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland

a resident permit issued by Canada after 28 June 2002

a uniform format category D visa for entry into a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

an Irish biometric visa

a Schengen Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) group tourism visa where the holder is travelling to to the Schengen country that issued the visa

a flight ticket from the Schengen area, if you can prove that you entered the Schengen area in the previous 30 days on the basis of a valid Schengen ADS visa

a valid USA I-551 Temporary Immigrant visa issued by the USA (a wet-ink stamp version will not be accepted)

a valid USA permanent residence card issued by the USA on or after 21 April 1998

an expired USA I-551 Permanent Residence card issued by the USA on or after 21 April 1998, with a valid I-797 letter authorising extension

a valid standalone US Immigration Form 155A/155B issued by the USA (attached to a sealed brown envelope)

All visas and residence permits must be valid.

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Thank you for the response and correction. I also found that information of the UK.gov website, however I do have the U.S. Visa, a ticket with end destination US and a layover less than 24hrs. This should mean I am in the clear.

BA also said I should not need a visa, however I should not take it as an absolute.

I am traveling on a tight budget and really do not want to spend the extra money if it will be a waste.

Was hoping to hear from someone that has gone through a similar situation recently.

Thanks

Edited: 09 September 2015, 05:09
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How about calling up the UK Embassy or a consulate in Johannesburg or Pretoria if you're still uneasy?

Edited: 09 September 2015, 05:10
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Oh yes, all 1 ticket,

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I have, they do not answer any visa related questions, as they work through a 3rd party processing centre. These agents require you to give your credit card details before making inquires and they have charges of up to USD 75.

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i have also the same problem right now.

Can someone help me. i no need to change the terminal not even airport.

i have 7 hours connection time. still i need UK visa?

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traveling form Venice to Hyderabad via London.

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Nani,

Are you also on a SA passport?

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Hey what was your experience?

now i am in the same situation.

can you respond me as soon as possible.

thanks

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NO, i have Indian passport.

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