Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Clarification on UK transit visas for South Africans
In an effort to clarify the confusion surrounding the issue of transit visas for South African passport holders when transiting the UK, the UK Border Agency has issued a document to confirm exactly when you need a transit visa.
The document states that South African passport holders in transit through the UK en-route to the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia may travel under the ‘Transit Without a Visa’ (TWOV) concession, provided that:
- A flight to the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia is confirmed.
- The flight departs within 24 hours of the passenger entering the UK.
- The traveller is in possession of the correct documentation for their next destination.
Passengers may connect to a flight either at the airport where they landed or at another airport, provided that the flight leaves within 24 hours of entry to the UK.
Passengers transiting to any of the Schengen countries and who hold a category C Schengen visa must still obtain a UK visa.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This information is subject to change at any time. Be sure to check visa requirements with your travel agent and the relevant Embassies before planning your travels.
More information on UK visas for South Africans can be found at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
Email PTA.VisaEnquiries@fco.gov.uk or call 0861 837 221.