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Transit visa

Alexandria, Egypt
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Transit visa

hi. I hold an Egyptian passport with a B1/B2 US visa. My transit in Heathrow is 9 hours and i plan to enter the country. Does anyone know if I have to obtain a UK transit visa?

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1. Re: Transit visa

https:/…no

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2. Re: Transit visa

Yes.

The previous poster has referred you to the wrong page.

https:/…yes

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When you say "plan to enter the country" do you mean pass through immigration, leave the airport etc? To be sure I would contact the authorities direct

Edited: 14 August 2014, 07:33
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My answer should have been "possibly"

See https:/…yes

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You do qualify for the "Transit without Visa" concession... but this is entirely at the discretion of the Immigration Officer.

From what I've read elsewhere you can normally expect the Immigration Officer to let you into the country if

- you need to collect and re-check baggage, OR

- you need to travel to another airport for your connecting flight,OR

- you are staying overnight and have booked a hotel

But it's still at their discretion, so you shouldn't bank on it and you should consider applying for a visa to be on the safe side.

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Thanks everyone. I did check those pages and I am coming from USA to Egypt in which I am a resident, so I would take that as a no Visa needed? Whom do I contact directly(authority)? The UK visa website doesn't have a contact link. And if I discover that I needed a Visa, could I apply at the airport?

Thanks again!

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No, you can't apply for a visa at the airport. You either apply for a visa in advance, or you trust fate and hope that the Immigration officer will let you in under the concession. If he/she doesn't then you will have to remain airside.

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