Passport control

Your first step after arriving at Gatwick is to clear passport control.

Passport control

There are two separate areas for:

  • European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), British nationals and Swiss nationals
  • All other nationalities.

If you are over 12 and hold a chipped British, EU, EEA or Swiss e-passport, please head directly for the e-passport gates and follow the instructions there. Staff will be on hand to help you. Otherwise, please go to one of the desks where a 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.

For full details on entry requirements into the UK, visit the Border Force website.

Where do I go?

epassport gates


If you are over 12 and have a chipped EU passport, then you can use the e-passport gates when you arrive at Gatwick. Simply scan your passport on arrival. 

New: anyone with a valid e-passport over the age of 12 can now use the e-passport gates.

International passports
Non EU/Non EEA passport holders

If you do not hold an EU passport, please go to the left hand side of our arrivals hall. Please ensure you have any visas and landing cards completed correctly.


Help us to help you get through border control more quickly.

Travelling with an unrelated child or a child with a different surname

If you are travelling with a child - that's anyone under 18 - and are not the child's parent, or may appear not to be the parents (for example, if you have a different family name), the border officer may ask you a few questions to establish your relationship with the child.

It may help you next time you travel if you could carry evidence of your relationship with the child and/or the reason why you are travelling with the child.

This evidence could include copies of:

  • a birth or adoption certificate showing your relationship with the child
  • divorce / marriage certificates if you are the parent but have a different surname to the child
  • a letter from the child’s parent/s giving authority for the child to travel with you and providing contact details if you are not the parent.

Please complete our young traveller's form and bring it with you if you're travelling with a child who is not your relative or if you are an unaccompanied minor.

You can also find out more in the Children Travelling to the UK leaflet published on the Border Force website.