From the 31 of January 2020 until the 31 of December 2020, the UK will enter into a transition period with the EU as part of the UK Withdrawal Agreement. Heathrow will operate as business as usual during this time – there are no changes for passengers or businesses during the transition period.
In the meantime we have created a useful checklist for you:
It is always recommended you have at least six months left on your passport.
If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to nine extra months may have been added to the expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining, for travel to most countries in Europe. The new rules will apply to passports issued by the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey. Please be mindful children’s passports will also be affected.
If you are a UK citizen and returning to the United Kingdom, you will be able to enter if your passport has less than six months expiry.
2) Flight numbers
Please ensure you have confirmation of your flight number before arriving at the airport. There may be some changes to your flight number and you will be contacted by your airline if this is the case. Airline contacts.
Please ensure that your Visa remains valid before arriving to the airport. There will be no changes to how you enter the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You will continue to be able to travel or work without a visa during this time. Travel to Ireland will not change and you’ll continue to be able to travel and work there in the same way as before. Check the Government rules on visas here.
4) Mobile phones
During the transitionary period there will be no changes to roaming charges within the EU. lease contact your provider for the latest tariffs.
5) Traveling with pets
You will still be able to travel with a pet from the United Kingdom to the EU You should contact your vet at least four months before you are planning to take your pet to the EU to discuss what steps you may need to take to make sure your pet is able to travel. Check the Government website about traveling with pets.
6) Roads and Transport
Please check the latest road and transport information before you depart to ensure you have enough time to process through the airport.
7) Boarding passes
Please ensure that you bring your boarding pass to the airport. You will still be required to show your boarding pass on departure.
Please ensure your driving licence is valid before arriving at the airport. For further information on driving abroad see the Government rules on driving in the EU.