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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  • As well as our efforts to manage noise at the airport, we aim to help local people address issues of concern to them. We support people into training and jobs through our Heathrow Academy and also through our careers fair. We support children in local schools with education programmes and we have helped to pay for an adobe building in a school under a flight path so the children can enjoy some outdoor lessons. 

    So when we fine airlines for breaking noise limits, we put that money to good use in our local communities. 

    The fines are combined with money donated by Heathrow and each year around £750,000 is distributed by the Heathrow Community Fund to local community projects. The fund makes grants to local charitable initiatives in three areas:         

    • to support young people in their development in both education and skills development
    • for projects that help protect the environment or encourage sustainable development and eco-education
    • a wide range of smaller community focused projects

    It is the second of these – the environmental projects – that are funded by fines we have levied from airlines for breaking noise limits. The scheme is known as Communities for Tomorrow and is open to local authorities, schools and community groups within the nine local boroughs around Heathrow (Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond, Runnymede, Slough, Spelthorne, South Bucks, Windsor and Maidenhead).