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Avoiding a transit of the United Kingdom

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Avoiding a transit of the United Kingdom

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This article describes routes between countries that avoid transit in the United Kingdom.

Since the documentation requirements just to transit the UK can be both onerous and expensive (see to pass through the UK in transit), it may be preferable to select itineraries that avoid the United Kingdom altogether.


You may wish to avoid transit in UK airports if you are traveling on the passport of any of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Congo – Braz, DPR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, FYR Macedonia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea B, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkish Republic of N Cyprus, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavian (docs), Zimbabwe

  • Citizens of these countries a DATV visa just to transit airside (i.e. without leaving the international zone of the airport). This visa costs 30 GBP and takes weeks to process. If you don't have this visa, you may be denied boarding on your flight to or from the UK.
  • The United Kingdom does not allow sterile transit, which means that even if you have an immediate connecting flight, you still need a DATV visa.

Via Europe[edit]

Most connecting flights via the UK can be replaced with flights connecting in other European countries.