Public transport disruption to and from Heathrow: 18 - 21 August

Due to industrial action between 18 - 21 August, there will be some disruption to rail and bus services to and from Heathrow.


When planning your journey, make sure you leave enough time to get to the airport as roads may be busier than normal. 

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Arrival times and other important information

As always, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the airport and we’re working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:

Consider your arrival times

Allow three hours to check-in before your flight and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please do not turn up significantly early for your flight though, as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags.


Remove liquids from hand luggage 

Remember, you can only take liquids on the plane that are in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100ml. This includes creams, gels, pastes, aerosols and make-up. 

Remove each item from hand luggage and place them all in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.


Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions apply. Free drop-off is available at our Long Stay car parks.

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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.