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The Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2009

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This Order is made under sections 41 and 166(3) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and amends the Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) Order 2003 (the “2003 Order”). The 2003 Order requires certain passengers to hold a transit visa to pass through the United Kingdom without entering whilst transiting to another country or territory.

This Order provides that a person who holds a passport issued by the Republic of Venezuela that does not contain biometric information held in an electronic chip requires a transit visa.

It also has the effect that nationals and citizens of Bolivia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland will require a transit visa. It removes the temporary exemption from the transit regime available to certain South Africans with a previous travel history to the United Kingdom.

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