In transit through the UK
This section explains how you can transit through the UK when travelling to another country. It also explains the documents that you will need to bring with you.
If you pass through the UK without staying here on the way to another country, this is called 'transiting'.
There are two types of transit through the UK:
- You will transit airside if you arrive on a flight, remain in the arrival lounge of the airport without passing through immigration control, and then depart on another flight from the same airport.
- You will transit landside if you arrive on a flight, pass through immigration control and then leave the UK within 48 hours (or 24 hours if you are travelling under the 'travel without visa' concession).
If you want to spend longer than 48 hours in the UK before continuing your journey, you must come to the UK as a visitor. Then Visiting the UK section contains more information.
Whether you are transiting airside or landside, you may need to obtain a UK visa before you begin your journey.
- Find out whether you need a visa to transit airside
- Find out whether you need a visa to transit landside
There are special requirements if you are transiting the UK on your way to or from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. The Travelling through the Common Travel Area page contains more information.
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Passing through the United Kingdom on your way to another country without staying in the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom (UK) includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are considered as part of the UK for nationality purposes, but they have their own immigration laws and policies. The Channel Islands are not treated as part of the UK for value added tax (VAT) purposes.