Indian citizens, without transit or a regular Schengen visa, cannot travel to the UK via European Union airlines such as Lufthansa, KLM and Air France, as they are stopped at origin airports in India same.
As the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union, it has, after Brexit, made it compulsory for non-EU citizens to obtain a Schengen transit visa in order to travel to the United Kingdom on flights from transit operated by its airlines.
The Schengen visa is a short-term visa that allows its holder to travel freely throughout the Schengen area, which covers 26 EU countries or “Schengen States” without border controls between them.
The move took place on January 1.
Non-EU citizens can travel to the UK without transit or regular Schengen visa only by non-stop flights or by stop-over flights only via Gulf countries or Switzerland. The EU rule does not apply to Switzerland as it is not a member of the Union.
However, there are several services that fly direct to the UK.
After India resumed regular international flights, foreign airlines started offering one-stop connections between India and the rest of the world.
Following the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, this one-stop shop has also developed considerably.
Last year, Air India announced non-stop flights between India and the UK.
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