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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  • Flight operations videos

    We have developed a number of videos to help explain how our operations at Heathrow work.

    Flight Operations Videos

    This video gives an overview of a typical day at Heathrow including arrivals and departures.

    A day in the life of Heathrow

    This video provides a detailed overview of Heathrow arrivals including the holding stacks and final approach.

    Heathrow arrivals

    This video explains how departures operate from Heathrow including what a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) and Noise Preferential Route (NPR) are.

    Heathrow departures

    This video explains the process that takes place when the wind direction changes from a westerly to easterly meaning we have to swap runway ends.

    Swapping runway ends

    This video explains runway alternation on westerly operations and how and why we sometimes land on the designated departure runway.

    Tactically enhanced arrivals mode (TEAM)

    This video explains easterly operations, including the reason why we normally just use the northern runway for arrivals and the southern runway for departures and why we sometimes land on the northern runway.

    Easterly operations

    This video provides an overview of how flights can be impacted by severe weather or thunderstorms.

    Severe weather and thunderstorms