ALicante – Luton – Moscow
I am a citizen of Russia, I have a Russian passport, I also have a residence permit for Spain. Yesterday, September 13, 2020, RayanAir staff denied me boarding on flight Alicante – Luton. They didn’t want to read and watch the law, which says that I have the right to transit through Luton.
1 day before, I called and ask in “UK Visas and Immigration Department” By phone 00442034811736. They said that they don’t know if you need a transit visa or not, but you can check it by following the link https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.
I followed the link https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
STEP 1. What’s your nationality as shown on your passport or travel document? – RUSSIA
STEP 2. What are you coming to the UK to do? – Transit (on your way to somewhere else)
STEP 3. Where are you travelling to? – Somewhere else
STEP 4. Will you pass through UK border control? – YES
ANSWER: You’ll need a visa to pass through the UK in transit.
BUT You might be eligible for ‘transit without visa’ if:
you arrive and depart by air – YES
have a confirmed onward flight that leaves on the day you arrive or before midnight on the day after you arrive – YES
have the correct documents for your destination (eg a visa for that country) – YES
You must also:
have a common format residence permit issued by an European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland – YES (I have Spain Residence permit common format)
*Common Format Residence Permit – is the new electronic residence permit (PSE), introduced in 2015, which is more secure than the previous one and more difficult to counterfeit. It complies with EC Regulation no. 1030/2002, as amended by the EC Regulation n. 380/2008 and is common format residence permit issued by an EEA Member State or Switzerland.
I want to know who is to blame and what to do in the future in such a situation.