International flight connections
If you are connecting on to another flight through Gatwick you will need to do one of the following:
If your baggage is through checked and you already hold a boarding pass for your ownward flight, then simply follow signs for Flight Connections. There is no need to clear border control or Customs.
If your baggage is not through checked you must collect it at Gatwick. Follow signs to baggage reclaim – you will need to pass through border control on your way – and then proceed to the check-in desk for your next flight.
International to UK and Ireland connections
You must clear border control and Customs and then check-in for your onward flight.
UK and Ireland to international connections
You can use the special immigration check points if your baggage is through-checked – otherwise you must clear border control and Customs.
Simply take the inter-terminal shuttle which runs 24 hours a day and takes just two minutes.
To use Flight Connections, you must have a boarding card or ticket for the onward flight and your hold luggage must be through-checked to your final destination.
All passengers entering the UK must clear Immigration at their first port of call. Therefore it is important that your passport/visa allows you entry into the UK. You can apply for a 24-hour visa when you arrive, but the UK Border Agency staff must be satisfied that you have a confirmed booking of onward travel within 24 hours.
You must make arrangements to stay over if your connecting flight departs the next day.