UK declares Schengen visa mandate for Indians to fly on EU airlines

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The United Kingdom has declared visa guidelines for the Indian citizens regarding that Indian citizens, without transit or regular Schengen visas, will not be allowed to fly to the UK through European Union airlines, including Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, and they are stopped at the origin airports in India itself.

The United Kingdom is no more part of the European Union. Post-Brexit, it has made it compulsory for non-EU citizens to get a transit Schengen visa so that individuals can fly to the UK on transit flights operated by its airlines.

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A Schengen visa is a short-term visa that allows its holder to travel freely throughout the Schengen area, covering 26 EU countries or “Schengen States” without border controls.

The move took place on January 1 last year.

Non-EU citizens can fly to the UK without transit or regular Schengen visa only through non-stop flights or by one-stop flights only through Gulf countries or Switzerland. The EU rule does not apply to Switzerland as it is not a member of the Union.

However, several services fly directly to the United Kingdom.

After India continued scheduled international flights, foreign airlines have started offering one-stop connections between India and the rest of the world.

Following the Russia-Ukraine conflict, this one-stop business has also increased significantly.

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Last year, Air India had announced non-stop flights between India and the UK.

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