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Transit Visa for the Uk needed or not as a South African?

I am planning to fly to South Africa via London will I need a transit visa traveling on a South African passport from Switzerland? I am not planning on entering into the UK only passing through.

On the UK boarder control website it states that I would NORMALLY need a visa? what does that mean.

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Re: Transit Visa for the Uk needed or not as a South African?

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/

That is what it says ..

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineed...adatvnationals

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* Since 1 July 2009, nationals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland need a visa to enter or transit through the UK.
However,

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Passengers exempt from the DATV requirement


Holders of certain documents are, regardless of nationality, exempt from the requirement to hold a Direct Airside Transit Visa when transiting the UK.
A transit passenger is not required to hold a transit visa if he holds, or a person with whom he arrives in the United Kingdom holds on his behalf:
  1. a valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from another country or territory to the country for which the visa is held;
  2. a valid visa for entry to Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America and a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from the country for which the visa is held to another country or territory;
  3. a valid airline ticket for travel via the United Kingdom as part of a journey from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America to another country or territory, provided that the transit passenger does not seek to transit the United Kingdom on a date more than six months from the date on which they last entered Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States of America with a valid visa for entry to that country;
  4. a valid USA I-551 Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 21st April 1998;
  5. a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card issued on or after 28th June 2002;
  6. a valid common format Category D visa for entry to an EEA State;
  7. a valid common format residence permit issued by an EEA State pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No. 1030/2002;
You might be exempted from requiring a DATV is you have eg a Swiss B permit or better, I think, under item 6) and 7)

See another thread here:

Help! Do I need transit visa for Heathrow?(Indian with Swiss residence permit)

and this link:

http://adamwelz.wordpress.com/2009/1...ers-sometimes/
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Re: Transit Visa for the Uk needed or not as a South African?

Hi there

thanks so much, I do have a valid B-permit so do you have any idea who I can ask about this?
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Re: Transit Visa for the Uk needed or not as a South African?

Ask WorldBridge ( they are authorised by the UK Border Agency ) and you carrier eg BA, Swiss for a written confirmation.
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