Immigration and passports
On arrival at the airport proceed towards baggage reclaim. Prior to the baggage reclaim area you will enter the Passport/Border Control Area (United Kingdom Border Agency)
What to do at passport/border control
There are two separate queues at passport/border control :-
- one for European Union (EU)*, European Economic Area (EEA), British and Swiss nationals,
- and a second for all other nationalities.
At the passport desk a UK Border Agency 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 information about entry requirements into the United Kingdom, please visit the UK Border Agency 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. The UK Border Agency uses scanners to ensure that passports, visas and other official documents are genuine. UK Border Agency officers are trained to detect forgeries and check that people have the right to enter the United Kingdom.
*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.