Are you arriving and departing from Gatwick on the same day? Find out more about connecting through Gatwick

If you are connecting on to another flight through Gatwick there are different rules you need to follow depending where you’re arriving from and departing to, whether your hold bags are checked through to your final destination and if you have your boarding card.

International flights connecting to the UK and Ireland

If you’re arriving at Gatwick from an international flight and are connecting to a destination within the UK or Ireland, you will need to go through Passport Control. If your hold bags are through checked or you’re travelling with hand luggage only, you can then go straight to Security. 

If your hold bags aren’t through checked, you must collect them first. Follow signs to Baggage Reclaim – you will need to pass through Passport Control on your way – and then either use our free GatwickConnects service or go to check-in for your next flight.

If you need to change terminals, you can take our free shuttle 24 hours a day.

International to international flight connections

If you’re arriving at Gatwick from an international flight, are connecting on to another international destination you have some choices to make depending on your circumstances:

1. If your hold bags are through checked or you’re travelling with hand luggage only and you have your boarding pass, simply follow signs for Flight Connections. There is no need to clear Passport Control or Customs.

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2. If your hold bags are not through checked, you must collect them at Gatwick. Follow signs to Baggage Reclaim – you will need to pass through Passport Control on your way – and then either use our free GatwickConnects service or proceed to the check-in desk for your next flight.

UK and Ireland flights connecting to international

If you’re arriving at Gatwick from the UK or Ireland and are connecting to an international destination you also have some choices to make depending on your circumstances:

1. If your hold bags are through checked or you’re travelling with hand luggage only and you have your boarding pass, simply follow signs for Flight Connections. There is no need to clear Passport Control or Customs. 

or

2. If your hold bags are not through checked, you must collect them at Gatwick. Follow signs to Baggage Reclaim – you will need to pass through Passport Control on your way – and then either use our free GatwickConnects service or proceed to the check-in desk for your next flight.