Border Disruption

Due to strikes at Border Force, expect longer wait times at passport control on 1 February.

UK Border Force strikes may impact passengers entering the UK. Check the status of your flight with your airline before you travel and allow extra time to complete your onward journey.

Most passengers will be unaffected by the strikes, including all departing passengers or those arriving from other UK airports, the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. 

Travelling by train? Find out more about rail disruption.

The UK Border will remain open and we expect flights to operate as usual during this time. Passport checks may take longer than usual on Wednesday 1 February.

Find out more on the Government website

Please be patient and respect officers who are working to keep the UK Border secure and support passengers during strike action.

Be Prepared

  • Check with your airline for the latest information about your flight. You may have the option to rebook on other dates free of charge
  • If you have reduced mobility, pre-book Special Assistance with your airline several days before you travel
  • Bring extra food and water for your journey
  • Check if you are eligible to use the e-gates at passport control. UK, EU, US, Canadian and some others passport holders aged 12+ can use the e-gates

At passport control

It may take longer than usual to go through passport control. You can use the e-gates if you are eligible. 

Remove hats, headphones and face masks before using the e-gates to reduce delays.