Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

From 1st October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document to enter the UK, though some exemptions will apply. 

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  • Coronavirus travel update

    You must complete the UK Government passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK from any country. You can pre-register your details prior to travel at the link below.


    Travelling from Europe after 1 January 2021

    On 1 January 2021, the UK left the European Union. Heathrow continues all connectivity to Europe. There may be some extra steps you have to take prior to travelling.


    Have your passport ready

    Your first stop after landing is passport control. Simply follow the exit signs when you leave the plane.


    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements may apply if you’re travelling from outside the EEA*. Your passport must be valid for your stay.

    Faster checks with e-gates

    Electronic passport gates speed up entry into the UK. Simply scan your passport and allow our system to match your face to the chip in your passport.

    Most adults can use the e-gates with an electronic passport from:

    1. UK

    2. EEA (European Economic Area)*

    3. Australia

    4. Canada

    5. Japan

    6. Singapore

    7. South Korea

    8. Switzerland

    9. USA

    Read all e-gate criteria on the website.    


    If you’re passing through the UK border before onward travel you can apply for a 48 hour visa. This must be done prior to your arrival to the UK on the Government website, linked below. Your passport must allow entry into the UK and have a booking for onward travel.


    EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

    Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.