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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    Getting ready to check-in

    Whether you're travelling for leisure or business, we hope you're looking forward to your flight.  Please ensure you have check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to as they will differ depending on your destination.

    Have these to hand to speed up your journey:

    1. Passport/ID card

    2. Flight booking confirmation

    3. Pre-departure COVID test result

    4. Any specific COVID travel documents


    Travelling to 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.


    Check-in times

    We advise to arrive three hours in advance for all flights (European and intercontinental).


    Check-in and bag drop

    Find your airline check-in and bag drop area on the overhead screens in Departures. You can also use our maps to see where our airline partners check-in desks are located.


    Terminal 2 has self-service check in machines for all economy flights and every airline. Assistance is on-hand should you need help printing your boarding pass.


    Easy self-service check-in

    Most airlines offer self-service check-in so you can choose your seat and print your boarding pass in no time.



    Move on faster when you have your passport at the ready when you check in.