Terminal Drop-Off Charge

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

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.


London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 


The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 


- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 


Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:


Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.


Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.


Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.


As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • To the heart of China

    Get straight to the heart of China with these new routes for summer 2018

    To the heart of China

    Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, there’s more of China to choose from this summer. Fly direct to Xi’an, Qingdao or Changsha from Heathrow and put yourself closer than ever to your destination.


    长沙 [chahng-shah]
    Hainan Airlines

    The capital of Hunan province, in south-central China, Changsha is home to seven million people and is a major commercial hub. But there’s much more to discover in this historic city if you have time to explore.

    It’s also known for the 1,000-year-old Yuelu Academy – a seat of learning older than Oxford and Cambridge – and the ancient Mawangdui Han tombs. It’s also known as a ‘garden city’, and the buzz of city life is lightened by parks and gardens aplenty.

    Hainan Airlines operates three flights a week between Heathrow and Changsha, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, as of 23rd March 2018. Flights depart Terminal 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


    西安 [shyahn]
    Tianjin Airlines

    Xi’an is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations, probably best known as the home of the amazing terracotta army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The life-size figurines – designed to guard Emperor Qin in the afterlife – were discovered when villagers started digging a well in 1974.

    The city once stood at the start of the Silk Road and its world-class historical museum has artefacts dating back as far as prehistoric times. Tourism aside, this city of eight million residents is an industrial and education centre, as well as being home to China’s space programme.China’s

    Tianjin Airlines will offer direct flights to Xi’an from Heathrow Terminal 3, using Airbus A330 aircraft, on Mondays and Fridays from 7th May 2018.


    青岛 [Chingtao]
    Beijing Capital Airlines

    It may be a megacity in the making, but to many this north-eastern port is the heart of the ‘Asian Riviera’. Qingdao offers pristine beaches, a harbour full of yachts, renowned Shandong cuisine, lively nightlife and a cityscape that successfully mixes glass skyscrapers, cobbled streets and Tudor-style buildings. And yet it’s also a major manufacturing base and home to China’s best-known beer export, Tsingtao.

    Beijing Capital Airlines has operated charter flights to Qingdao since November, but goes fully scheduled from 26th March. Flights depart Terminal 3 on Mondays and Fridays.

    More ways to China

    Heathrow is offering more than 100 direct flights to China every week: Hong Kong: 55 flights a week; Shanghai: 22 flights; Beijing: 20 flights; Guangzhou: 10 flights.