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If possible, we recommend that you use the ePassport gates which will speed up your journey through the border
Your first step after arriving at London Gatwick is to clear passport control. If possible, we recommend that you use the ePassport gates which will speed up your journey through the border and into the baggage reclaim area.
There are two passport control areas at London Gatwick. One is for European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), British nationals and Swiss nationals, whilst the other is for all other nationalities. Ensure you read the signage carefully and make your way to the correct area, members of staff are also on hand to direct you to the fastest moving queue.
You can use the ePassport gates when you arrive at the airport if you are over 10 (10 to 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult), have a biometric passport, and are a citizen of one of the following:
Simply scan your passport on arrival. If you aren’t eligible to use the ePassport gates or prefer not to, then please wait for the next available border force officer.
You will still need to see a border force officer if you are:
If you do not hold a passport as detailed above, please go to the left-hand side of our arrivals hall. Make sure you have any visas completed correctly before you get to the border control officer.
For full details on entry requirements into the UK, visit the Border Force website.
Please note: Your passport must not expire during your visit.
By making sure you're prepared for passport control, UK Border Force can get you through without delay following your arrival at London Gatwick. Simply follow our handy advice to ensure an as seamless onward journey as possible.
Find more information on how to travel through the UK border.
If you are travelling with a child under 18 years old and are not or may not appear to be the child's parent (for example, if you have a different family name), a border officer may ask you a few questions to establish your relationship with the child.
Carrying evidence of your relationship with the child and/or the reason why you are travelling together will help avoid confusion. This evidence could include copies of the following:
Please complete our Young Traveller's Form by clicking the link below 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.