Back in October I had written about the new policy change with the UK government, which would allow for Indians to transit the UK without the need for a Direct Airside Transit Visa or a regular Visa, as long as they had a visa for the USA or Canada. Now, I wasn’t sure about this myself because this did not update on the UK Government’s website as quickly as I hoped it would.
Heathrow is one of the busiest airports around the world, but clearly they were not a favourite for many Indians because of the high costs to even transit the airport. Apart from the other issues that go with it, such as an Air Passenger Duty which is like no one else in the world, I’m guessing the British airliners were not an efficient competition to the Middle-East carriers in terms of carrying traffic to Europe or South America or other parts of the North American continent due to this restriction.
The policy to allow travel without the need for a visa was supposed to go live on December 1, 2014, and indeed when I checked a few days back, the new provisions were reflecting on the website.
Ah. That is going to save me so much money next year, I can’t even tell you!