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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.