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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    Direction

    The terminals are close together at the centre of the airport site. Exit the M4 (junction 4) or M25 (junction 15) and follow signs for Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3.

    Setting down passengers

    There are set-down lanes outside the terminals. You may unload on the terminal forecourt but waiting is not permitted. Police and airport staff patrol the forecourts and will ask waiting vehicles to move on.

    From October 2021, Heathrow will be introducing a charge for vehicles dropping off passengers at its terminal forecourts. A £5 charge per visit will apply to use the designated drop off zones, located directly outside the airport terminals.
    Find out more about the scheme

    Picking up passengers

    If you are meeting someone from a flight you must use the Short Stay Car Park. Waiting is not permitted on the departure forecourt according to the Heathrow Traffic Regulation Orders. 

    Members of the public

    Members of the public can use the Long Stay car park for 30 minutes free of charge. Re-entry to Heathrow Long Stay parking is prohibited within 24 hours. This facility is not available to private hire and trade vehicles. Upon exit, the barriers will read your ticket or registration number. 

    Private hire/ trade vehicles

    Please use the Authorised Vehicle Area (AVA). This is a dedicated area for private hire vehicles where you can wait for passengers prior to picking up from a short stay car park and meeting at an agreed location within the terminal.

    • Terminal 2: TW6 1EW
    • Terminal 3: TW6 1QG

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