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Old 13th July 2016, 17:27   #901
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Lufthansa has a direct flight from BOM too, but it was turning out to be 10k more than Turkish. Booked Turkish anyway, got a good deal at 35k (BOM-MUC-BOM).
Problem with the direct Lufthansa flight is their check in baggage is only 23kilos which might be a problem if you are going for a long duration. Though my travels usually last a few weeks, I end up taking around 25+ everytime and return topped to 30( bring a lot of stuff for car, home, chocolates and juices) so usually I dont prefer the direct connection
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Old 6th September 2016, 15:36   #902
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Unhappy 18 hour layover at London Heathrow

Guys, need some help and advice.

I have a flight in December: SFO-LHR-BOM. The problem is that while booking the flight I missed this part that I have an 18-hour layover at LHR (was super happy to get a cheap deal for this time of the year so booked the flight without a second look at the details). I reach LHR at 2:55 pm on 10th Dec and my flight to BOM is at 9:55 am on 11th Dec (both times are local times LHR).

I have the following queries:

1. I want to know if I would require a transit visa.
2. Can I stay overnight at the airport (irrespective of the fact that I require a transit visa or not)?
3. Is there even a slim chance that British Airways would give me an earlier flight?

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You can ask BA if there's an earlier flight and if your ticket (hopefully not ultra cheap and inflexible) allows changes, and if there's any fare difference, which can be hefty.

Transit without visa - you need to have a confirmed onward flight that leaves on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive

There are two transit hotels "airside" at Heathrow T4 and T5 -- and they are disgustingly expensive.

BA might not check your bags through to India if you are on an 18 hour layover in which case you will have to clear immigration to retrieve and then recheck your bags.

If you meet that criterion about on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive - then try to stay in the airport, but I hope you are traveling light and don't have to check your bags in.

You're well advised to see if BA can rebook you to an earlier flight.


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I have the following queries:

1. I want to know if I would require a transit visa.
2. Can I stay overnight at the airport (irrespective of the fact that I require a transit visa or not)?
3. Is there even a slim chance that British Airways would give me an earlier flight?

Thanks,
Bhargav
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There are two transit hotels "airside" at Heathrow T4 and T5 -- and they are disgustingly expensive.
London hotels are expensive anyway: I dread to think what a hotel room inside Heathrow Airport would cost. Hundreds (GBP)? Or even more?
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London hotels are expensive anyway: I dread to think what a hotel room inside Heathrow Airport would cost. Hundreds (GBP)? Or even more?
http://www.yotel.com/en/hotels/london-heathrow-airport
Closed aug 29 - sep 11 for maintenance works

Looks like 107 quid for a notional 18 hours. Not terribly bad but there are certainly cheaper alternatives.

And there's one in T3 - I forgot the T5 one (sofitel / radisson) is landside, that is, requires immigration.

http://www.no1traveller.com/airside-bedrooms.htm and that's a 100 for 6 hours, 20 more for each additional hour.
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I missed this part that I have an 18-hour layover at LHR (was super happy to get a cheap deal for this time of the year so booked the flight without a second look at the details)
If you can't cancel or modify flight to an early one, your best bet will be to apply for short term visa- visitor in transit visa
https://www.gov.uk/transit-visa/visitor-in-transit-visa

It will cost ( Rs 5310 ) but worth to avoid hassles you might face without Visa. Think as a stopover you can spend some good time in London.

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BA might not check your bags through to India if you are on an 18-hour layover in which case you will have to clear immigration to retrieve and then recheck your bags.
No, They will check in through to Mumbai unless you specifically ask them.

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It will cost ( Rs 5310 ) but worth to avoid hassles you might face without Visa. Think as a stopover you can spend some good time in London.

No, They will check in through to Mumbai unless you specifically ask them.
I am not at all sure that BA will allow through checkin for flights that are > 12 hours apart. OP had better call BA and confirm, if they refuse to accommodate him on an earlier flight.

As Turbanator suggests, getting a visa and spending the day / night in a hotel might be cheaper. Or maybe the cost of that airport transit hotel might be cheaper than an external hotel + visa fee, who knows.
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You can ask BA if there's an earlier flight and if your ticket (hopefully not ultra cheap and inflexible) allows changes, and if there's any fare difference, which can be hefty.

Transit without visa - you need to have a confirmed onward flight that leaves on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive
Thanks hserus and Turbanator for your replies!

I read the same sentence (quoted in bold) on the UK immigration website. So if I understand right, does it mean this:

I reach LHR at 2:55 pm on the 10th. So I can stay airside if I have a confirmed onward flight that leaves before 11:59pm on the 11th. Is this correct? So, in this case I won't require a transit visa.

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Nope. That would become midnight on the next day. They mean 00:00 on the same night / the next early morning, not 00:00 the next night

Get a visitor visa rather than a transit visa - almost he same cost and certainly the same effort with your tax returns and all the other paperwork (the Brits love it much more than the Schengen countries and the USA, as you'll find out)

Go into London and spend a few hours in the city - the Paddington Express will get you downtown quite fast and the area near Paddington Station has several cheaper B&Bs if cost is a concern.

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