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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    As the UK government’s travel corridors now allow for more summer holiday travel, we have been busy making sure you can get to Heathrow as safely as possible.

    Just like normal, there are a variety of ways to get to the airport, whether travelling from the surrounding area or further afield and we have worked alongside travel providers to give passengers peace of mind to return.

    Our new video explains how to use different modes of transport around the airport:

    Extra guidance for transport at Heathrow

    Some of the measures in place across transport links include:

    • Regular cleaning of all touch points in stations including tickets machines, ticket barriers and lift call points; as well as all Long Stay transfer buses
    • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in England, including Heathrow Express trains, the Piccadilly line, taxis and buses/coaches, so do please remember to bring one with you
    • Keeping a safe distance from others, even if that means moving to another carriage. You will see signage as a reminder, at stations and in terminals
    • Hand sanitizer is available for everyone to use at more than 600 locations throughout Heathrow stations and terminals
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    To ensure the most contact-free experience, we recommend booking online or using contactless payment where possible.

    The Heathrow Express, which is now running every 30 minutes between London Paddington and Terminals 2 and 5, can be booked via the app; and for those driving to the airport, online booking is available at, allowing for automatic recognition of your vehicle number plate at the car park.

    We have consolidated flights into Terminals 2 and 5. Short stay car parks at both terminals remain open and offer the closest parking to each terminal. Terminal 2/3 Long Stay is open with a free Heathrow Express transfer onwards to T5 where necessary, until the 1st August when Terminal 5 Long Stay will re-open. Buses and coaches are still operating from the Central Bus Station at Terminal 2.

    We appreciate there may be instances where travel has to be cancelled so rest assured that the Official Heathrow Parking flexible cancellation policy allows cancellations up to two hours before your booking.

    However you choose to reach us, we advise passengers to arrive no more than two hours before a short-haul flight or three hours for long-haul, to reduce congestion in and around the terminals.

    We look forward to seeing you again.

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