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Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

I need some Urgent Advice/Help.

I am flying from Zurich to Chennai(India) via London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 in 11-May 2019 and returning back from the same route in 11-Jun-2019 through British Airways

Details of the Flight:
From Zurich to LHR- British Airways (Terminal 5)
From LHR to Chennai - British Airways (Terminal 5)

I am an Indian by Nationality and reside in Switzerland with B-permit

Do I need to have transit visa for UK ? I would be at the same airport and in same terminal i.e. Terminal 5. Will I be undergoing the immigration control?

If yes, what would be the total cost/expensive for the same. How to Apply for the same and what is the Time involved.

I would be very thankful for the replies and prompt suggestions as i have just 2 weeks left over to my journey.

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Old 29.04.2019, 23:27
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

Follow through the questions here:

https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
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Old 29.04.2019, 23:59
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

If you have a B or C permit, then no.
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

Dear Jim

Yes i have a Swiss Work Permit Type -B

Does the transit visa (DATV) Exemption is applicable under

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

is that correct?

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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

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Dear Jim

Yes i have a Swiss Work Permit Type -B

Does the transit visa (DATV) Exemption is applicable under

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

is that correct?

Regards
venkatesh
Do you have a "residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland"? If so, the "transit visa (DATV) Exemption" applies.

Hint: the answer to my question is "yes".

Stop panicking! When you wrote "urgent", I thought your need was, y'know, urgent. Like, I'm travelling tomorrow morning, I don't have time to call the relevant authorities or perform a quick Google search.
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

If you are just transiting at LHR and your waiting time is, say, 2 or 5 hours, you simply proceed to the transit zone and then on to your next flight. Transit visas are only required if a person has a longer layover and needs to overnight in London/18-24 hours, for instance/.
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

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When you wrote "urgent", I thought your need was, y'know, urgent. Like, I'm travelling tomorrow morning, I don't have time to call the relevant authorities or perform a quick Google search.
It seems certain people don't understand that while something may be urgent for them, it certainly isn't for anyone else. It's a bit like saying "Attend to my question first, it's more important than anyone else". I tend to leave such posts for a few hours.
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

Why would you need a transit visa ?


You are not transiting but simply on a stop over to change planes and you will remain air-side as you on't clear customs, therefore you will not technically be entering the UK.


Maybe next time consider such things before buying your ticket
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

Dear Folks,
My apologies if my word Urgent!! had created an unpleasant situation.

Reason being my first ticket which I booked went on sudden bankrupt(Jet Airways) and I happen to book urgently on BA since the fares were climbing skyrocketing.

further, I was trying to get this clarified several times with the airlines and these peoples never say in confirm whether a transit visa required or not. on the other hand the British consulate in Bern also politely gave up and ask to consult the British Consulate in UK.

its a terrific situation for me being in the state of confusion since last couple of days which no clarity. So i have no choice requesting you folks with a message body urgent!!

again my sincere apologies if it offended anyone else, but i thank you from my bottom of heart for your prompt response at least you guys gave me a peace of mind finally.

many thanks once again for your kind support.
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Re: Is Transit Urgent Help Needed: Visa For London Heathrow Airport (UK) required ?

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Why would you need a transit visa ?


You are not transiting but simply on a stop over to change planes and you will remain air-side as you on't clear customs, therefore you will not technically be entering the UK.
Because Indian nationals normally would need a transit visa in such a situation even if they remain air side See link provided by 3wishes.

The "common format residence permit" is blue and red, and has a bull (Zeus) and five stars above your photo on the left hand side and the insignia of country which issued the permit on the right hand side.

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See also:
https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/se...-ausweis-e.pdf
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https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-cont...ISSUM%3Al33043

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