Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

From 1 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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  • Who does what?

    Running airports is a complex business and we need to work in partnership with many other organisations to deliver a high-quality service.

    Who does what?

    Organisations in partnership with Heathrow

    Responsible for checking passengers in, delivering hold baggage to its final destination, cargo, providing and fuelling aircraft, boarding passengers, passenger safety and on-board catering.

    Controls all flight paths and aircraft routes at UK airports, and regulates airlines, airports and NATS air traffic services. The CAA also sets airport charges at the London airports.

    Visit the CAA website

    ACL is the appointed Coordinator for London Heathrow airport under EC Regulation 95/93. In line with the regulation ACL coordinates the airport in a neutral, non-discriminatory and transparent way and is the sole person responsible for the allocation of slots at the airport. A slot allocated by the Coordinator is a permission to use all the airport infrastructure (i.e. runway, aircraft parking stands and terminals).

    Visit the ACL website

    Individual businesses provide catering, shopping, car hire, car parking and banking services.

    Controls the import and export of goods, and prevents illegal activities such as drugs, tobacco and alcohol trafficking and trades in endangered species and child pornography.

    Visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

    Responsible for passport control and deciding who can enter the country. This service also deals with any deportation or asylum issues.

    Visit the UK Border Agency website

    Looks after air traffic control and management, ensuring aircraft flying in UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic are safely separated.

    Visit the NATS website

    Many independently run bus, coach, taxi and rail companies provide connections to and from our airports.