Immigration and passports

Head towards passport control, which will be clearly signposted on your arrival.

There are two queues – one for British, European Union (EU)*, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals, and a second for all other nationalities.

At the passport desk a UK Border Force officer will ask to see your passport or travel document and any supporting documentation necessary for your visit. Please remember that your passport must not expire during your visit to the United Kingdom.

For details of entry requirements into the United Kingdom, please visit the UK Border Force website.

With tougher checks now in place at the border you may have to wait a little longer to get into the United Kingdom, especially at peak times.

Want to speed up the process?

If you are part of a group you may be able to travel under the group travel scheme, which can speed passage through the border. See the Home Office website for details.

* EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.