Things to do before your trip, at the airport, and when you return to the airport U.K. Speed up your journey.
before arriving at the airport
Check your passport
You must renew your passport before travelling if any of the following applies:
- your passport has expired
- you don’t have enough time
It can take up to 10 weeks to renew a passport.
How long you have on your passport depends on the country you are visiting.
if you are going to one EU country (except Ireland) or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow Schengen Area Passport Requirements. Your passport must not be older than 10 years on the date of travel. It must be valid for at least 3 months from the date you intend to go home.
Check your files
Make sure you have the correct documents for your destination. such as visas, Estaor Coronavirus (COVID-19) related documents, such as vaccine certificates or negative pre-departure tests.
Arrange for any special help you may need
Passengers who may need travel assistance can receive special assistance, including:
- People with physical disabilities, such as wheelchair users
- People who have difficulties with social interaction and communication, such as those with autism or dementia
You should seek assistance at the time of booking or at least 48 hours before travel.
Check when to arrive at the airport
Please check with your airline.
Allow longer check-in times as airlines may need to check COVID-19 related documents.
Do not arrive earlier than the earliest suggested by the airline as this can cause congestion and delays.
at the airport
When you arrive at the check-in counter, please have the following items ready to show to the staff:
- your ticket
- your passport
- Any COVID-19 related travel documents required for the country you are visiting
This can save a lot of time if your airline allows online check-in.
If you check in online, have a boarding pass and have no checked luggage, you can go directly to airport security.
Get ready for airport security
Pack carefully at home and only carry essentials in your hand luggage.
Have your boarding pass ready for inspection – your passport is not required for security.
If you are carrying liquids in your hand luggage, the container must not exceed 100ml.
Place the container of liquid in a clear resealable plastic bag no larger than 1 liter and measuring approximately 20cm x 20cm. Remove plastic bags from carry-on luggage when queuing, ready to place in a security tray.
Keep in mind that liquids may include items such as makeup, toiletries, hand sanitizer, and more.
Empty your pockets, take off your coat, watch and belt, and remove other metal items as you approach the front of the queue so you can put them on the tray.
You may be asked to remove your shoes, other clothing or jewelry before passing through the security arch or scanner.
Electronics such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and hair straighteners should be removed from hand luggage and passed through the X-ray machine alone.
on your return U.K.
Use electronic gates
Passengers 12 years and older with biometric e-passports U.K., EU eGate is available in some other countries.
Remove the passport from the cover and open it on the photo page.
Put your phone or tablet aside until you get to the eGate. Take off hats, headphones, sunglasses, and face shields. Stand on the marker, hold the passport firmly and keep looking at the camera until processing is complete.
travel with children
When traveling with family, especially with children.
If you are not the child’s parent or may not appear to be the parent, it may be helpful to bring evidence of your relationship with the child or the reason you are traveling with the child. This may include:
- A birth certificate or adoption certificate showing your relationship to the child
- Divorce or marriage certificate if you are the parent but have a different last name than the child
- A letter from the child’s parent authorizing the child to travel with you, with contact details if you are not the parent