Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

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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.

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    Have your passport ready

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

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    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 gov.uk website.    

    48 HOUR VISAS

    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.

    THE EUROPEAN UNION AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA

    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.