How long does it take to go through immigration in Heathrow?

Customs is just a walk through, no time at all. So the big unknown is baggage reclaim. But from plane to landside I'd estimate on average it takes about 45 minutes, give or take.

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Do I have to go through immigration at Heathrow for a connecting flight?

CONNECTING FLIGHTSIf your baggage is checked through to your final destination, that's where you clear customs. If you're collecting your baggage and checking in to your next flight yourself, you need to pass through customs at Heathrow.

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Is 1 hour enough for connecting flights in Heathrow Terminal 5?

Minimum connecting timesWe recommend that you allow the following times when connecting between terminals: Within Terminal 3: 60 minutes. Between Terminal 3 and Terminal 5: 90 minutes. Within Terminal 5 (UK domestic and international flights): 60 minutes.

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How long are the queues at Heathrow immigration?

The figures of course don't say how much longer than 45 minutes a passenger might have queued when the target wasn't met but, at Heathrow, 2 hours has not been particularly unusual and 3 hours is not unheard of at busy times.

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How to get through Heathrow immigration quickly?

Faster checks with e-gatesSimply scan your passport and allow our system to match your face to the chip in your passport. Most adults can use the e-gates with an electronic passport from: UK. EEA (European Economic Area)*

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How long is immigration at Heathrow Terminal 5?

How long is Heathrow security line?

How long did you queue when waiting to be security screened at Heathrow Airport?

Characteristic Share of respondents
1-5 mins 47%
6-10 mins 30%
11-20 mins 14%
21-30 mins 2%
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Do I need to go through immigration for a connecting flight in UK?

If you're a connecting passenger from overseas you'll have to pass through UK border controls to get to your hotel, so please ensure you have any required visa to enter the UK.

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How to get through Heathrow immigration faster?

Faster checks with e-gatesSimply scan your passport and allow our system to match your face to the chip in your passport. Most adults can use the e-gates with an electronic passport from: UK. EEA (European Economic Area)*

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Is 2 hours transit enough at Heathrow?

We recommend that you allow the following minimum connection times: 1 hour for connections within the same Heathrow terminal. 1 hour 30 minutes for connections that require travel between terminals at Heathrow.

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Does Heathrow Terminal 5 have the new scanners?

Whether small electronics should be removed from hand baggage may depend on the check point and staff on the day of travel. Terminal 5 has the newer 3D scanners which does mean phones and smaller items can stay in checked bags.

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