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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2017
Question about a layover  (8 Answers)

I am from the USA and traveling internationally for the first time to Newcastle. I have a layover at Heathrow during the travel. I know in the USA you have to go through immigration and customs at the first port of entry into the country. Do I have to go through immigration and customs before I catch my flight to newcastle? I am traveling with American Airlines for the whole trip.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2016
Travelling time between Terminal 5 and 4  (13 Answers)

I'm arriving to terminal 5 on flight BA244 at 6:30, and I have to book another ticket which is departing from terminal 4. What time should I book this ticket to be sure I won't miss it? I have to go through the customs and baggage claim. I have an option on a KLM flight KL1010, which departs at 11:45, is it possible to take this flight or should I wait the next? The second option is to wait for another BA flight same departure time, but it costs 4x more than KLM's.

Thanks a lot for your help, waiting for your answer!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2016
Airside transit or visitor in transit visa or no visa requirement in heathrow airport?  (10 Answers)

Hi everybody, I am Brent, from Vietnam. Now Im living in Hungary and then I have resident permit of an EEA members (as Hungarian resident permit).
In Jan 2017, my friend (Hungarian) and I (vietnamese, have an EEA resident permit) is going to travel to Vietnam by British Airways, in which we will transit in Heathrow Airport for about 5 hours. We are arriving to heathrow in terminal 3 and then departing in terminal 4. So please help us, in this case, do we need to apply for the airside transit visa or visiting in transit visa?

1. We have 2 ways ticket (go to vietnam and back to hungary)
2. We are a Hungarian and Vietnamese (Have hungarian resident permit) and ofc valid passport and vietnamese visa.
3. British airways has confirmed that our checked bags will be sent directly to the last destination.
4. We have to change terminal in the Heathrow airport.

Thanks very much and best regard !!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2016
Do i need a Visa?  (18 Answers)

Me and my Friends are going to Los Angeles via London and Washington. I am a turkish citizen living in Germany and have a valid US visa. Our flight is from Dusseldorf to London and we have a layover for about 1.20h in Heathrow. The airline company told us we have to collect our luggage and have to check in again in Heatrow. My question is what if I have to cross the border even with a vilid US visa do I still need a tranist visa for UK? We will arrive and depart from terminal 2.
BTW we fly in with Eurowings and continue with United Airlines till to our destination. Maybe someone has experienced before.
Thank you for ur answer in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2016

I am travelling from Delhi to Terminal2 I have to get my complete luggage and then go to Terminal 3 for check IS this possible or I have to get visa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2016
Tax free shopping  (6 Answers)

I have purchased some stuff from the UK and have tax free shopping forms that I have filled.
But in order to get the tax I need to show the goods to the customs officer. As I would have checked in my luggage. How is it possible?
Can I go through customs before checking in the luggage.

I will be departing from terminal 4

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2016

Me & my friend intend to visit Iceland vide London. We have bought the Tickets to London & Iceland separately. However, we will arrive in London Heathrow airport in the Morning 7.10 am at Terminal 3, but our flight to Iceland is also on the same day at 11.20am & departure to Iceland is at Terminal 5.

We suppose we have to claim our Baggage when we arrive in London then go to Terminal 5, our question is whether

we need to clear custom & passport control then only can proceed to Terminal 5 to re-check in again?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2016
Arriving at terminal 5, meeting friend who arrives earlier at terminal 3 - where can we meet?  (9 Answers)

I am arriving in London Heathrow, Terminal 5 at 10:10 a.m. next Thursday. I am meeting a friend who arrives at Terminal 3 at 6:30 a.m. She has recently had surgery and may need help with her bags.

After collecting bags, is there anywhere she can wait comfortably for my arrival?

We will be taking Heathrow Express to Paddington together.

I don't know whether she should meet me at 5 or I should meet her at 3.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2016
Travelling with expired h1b and valid i797  (3 Answers)

I am planned to travel in 2 days with spouse and kid from Los Angeles to Delhi via heathrow.
My h1b visa expired in feb16.
I have got valid i797 approved till 2018.
Do i need transit visa?
Can i get it at check in at Los Angeles at the time of travel?
What all i can do if British airways denies me entry?
M an Indian citizen.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2016
Heathrow Central Station to Hoppa - disabled passenger  (5 Answers)

My relative, who has limited mobility, will be travelling by coach to the Heathrow Bus Station, taking the Hotel Hoppa bus from stops 9 or 10, staying in a hotel for the night, then flying from T2 the next day. Whilst my relative is able to walk, she cannot do so for long distances or with luggage.

I am concerned that she will have difficulty getting from her coach to the Hoppa bus stop, and then from the Hoppa bus stop to T2 Departures. I emailed the Heathrow special assistance team and received an unhelpful automated response. National Express have not yet responded. There is a Help Point with a telephone inside the Central Bus Station, but I'm not sure of the kind of assistance that can be provided.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2016
Confused about bus vs heathrow connect option  (4 Answers)

I have an international flight arriving at terminal 3. I will have only carry on baggage. I will need to transfer to terminal 4 to catch a flight to Malta from another carrier (no affiliations with first flight). I will have my boarding pass to go to Malta.

I am confused as to options. I have read to follow purple signs marked "flight connections" and catch a bus that will take me to terminal 4. I have also read to make my way to Heathrow Connect and take this to Terminal 4.

Questions: where do you catch the connecting bus and it that something different from the central bus station shown on the terminal 3 map?

Do I follow a different sign (not the purple flight connection sign) to take the Heathrow Connect?

For a time crunch, what is the better option?

I know that I will need to go through security at the new terminal but will I need to go through passport control?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 23, 2016
Heathrow transit  (4 Answers)

My wife is due to transit heathrow airport when she flies from Moscow to Shannon. Is there a border control between terminal 5 and terminal 2. I understand from the UK government website that a transit visa is not required if passengers do not pass through border control. However, British Airways insist that a transit visa is required. She will have bags checked to final destination in Moscow, so she expects to make a direct airside transit. Can you enlighten me please?
Kind regards, David.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2016
Transit visa?  (5 Answers)

Hi, I'm traveling from Finaldn to India and having a Transit in Heathrow. I have been trying to understand do i need a transit visa or not, but seems difficult to actually understand that. I have a transit where is need to change terminal, from terminal 3 to terminal 4. I have bought the ticket under the same number, so should be a need to leave the airport, besides the transit. I'm nepalese. So any experience or help, what kind of visa do i need?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2016
how long to get from terminal 5 to heathrow express train station  (5 Answers)

I am travelling with my disabled daughter and 85 year old mum from the US to heathrow. Our flight arrives 10am, we will have to have assistance getting off the plane, so I'm guessing we'll be last off, but then we should have the buggy to take us to baggage reclaim and passport control. My question is how long will it take us to clear all the above and get to the station to catch the heathrow express to paddington? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2016
Transfer from terminal 2 to 5  (2 Answers)

I bought an air Canada ticket from Ottawa to Glasgow. British Airways does the leg from Heathrow to Glasgow. I change from terminal 2 to terminal 5. My question is whether my bags are checked through or do I need to collect them and have them inspected at customs in terminal 2?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2016
Immigration time with Biometric passport  (5 Answers)

Can anybody advise on the average time from flight landing to claim baggage and get through immigration at Terminal 3 (with a biometric Irish passport)? Flight lands on a Saturday at 14:30 coming from Dubai on Emirate. Need to catch a bus at 16:00 from Terminal 3 to Luton Airport. THANK YOU!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2016
Transit Visa for Filipino and Thai  (1 Answer)

A Filipino and Thai on transit at Heathrow arriving via Malaysian Airlines MH002 at 555am (Terminal 4) and departing to Iceland via Icelandair FI451 at 1240pm (Terminal 2). Do we still need a visa/transit visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2016
which is the best cafe to meet in terminal 2 heathrow sept 6?  (3 Answers)

My husband is travelling from Edinburgh to meet me as I arrive from New Zealand on Sept 6. If one of us is delayed by an hour or so, where is best place to meet in terminal 2? Can anyone suggest a café?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
Tranfers and Baggage  (6 Answers)

Hi All,
Hoping you can help me, this is the first time I have flown ever and I am going to mexico alone to meet my girlfriend.
I have booked flight from leeds to heathrow, heathrow to dallas, dallas to monterrey mexico.
I am hoping you can help put my mind at ease on the following points.....

1. Transfer times...... when I arrive at heathrow I am flying in on british airways and have 1 hour 15 to transfer to a finn air flight.
Is this enough time?
will I need to collect my bags?
When arriving in dallas I have 2hours 50 to make transfer, again is this enough will I need to get baggage?
I also heard you have to go through all security again, is this correct.

Any help would be much appreciated as I am a little concerned having never been in an airport before!
Big thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
Long layover - how much time REALLY?  (9 Answers)

Arriving LHR from US at 9:05a in T3. Departing T5 at 10:40p (almost 14 hours). I want to go into London, and leave my carry-on at the Excess baggage counter. That means returning to T3 to get my bags, then transferring to T5... How much time do I REALLY have to tour? Or put another way, when must I depart downtown London (via the Underground, not Heathrow Express) to safely make my flight?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
Traveling from Miami to Delhi via Heathrow - Do I require transit visa to travel from T 3 to T 5 ?  (1 Answer)

Hi All

I am an Indian citizen and I am travelling from Miami (USA) to Delhi (India) via Heathrow. I have a valid US B1 visa.
The flights are -
1. MIAMI to Heathrow (BA 206) - Terminal 3
2. Heathrow to Delhi (BA143) - Terminal 5

I did checked the UK visa site and it says, if I have a valid US visa, I do not need a transit visa.
I just wanted to check from anyone with same flights if this is the case.
Any help is appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2016
terminal 2 to terminal 5  (9 Answers)

I will be arriving on Aer Lingus in terminal 2 at 12:40 but have a separate flight that I need to board out of terminal 5 on BA at 3:15. Will this leave me enough time to get through baggage claim, security, customs and bag checking, etc?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2016
Time between flights Heathrow Terminal 5  (14 Answers)


I'm traveling from Sweden(Stockholm) to Canada (Toronto) with a layover time of 1 hour and 35 mins.
Both flights are with BA and arrive/depart Terminal 5.

My question is if 1 hour and 35 mins will be enough time to change flights.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2016
Arriving on AA flight in LHR from USA at Term 3, departing on BA flight for DUB at Term 5  (10 Answers)

Will I go through Customs (reclaim & recheck my baggage) in Term 3 at LHR or at DUB (my final destination)?

Is 2&1/2 hrs layover at LHR long enough to complete this entire process and get me to my Term 5 gate?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2016
transportation between terminals  (2 Answers)

I have a 6 hour layover in Terminal 5 and want to go to Yotel at Terminal 4. Can I go there without a ticket showing connecting flight out of terminal 4? Can I go there without going through customs? If this is possible, where do I go in terminal 5 to find the transportation? Is there a fee?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2016
Going from T3 to T2 at Heathrow  (10 Answers)

Flying into Heathrow on American arriving in Terminal 3. Flying out of Heathrow on Aer Lingus leaving from Terminal 2. Since I am traveling on a separate ticket with Aer Lingus. How is the best way to get from T3 to T2? And, how long will this change take since I am going to go through Passport Control and Customs twice?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2016
What to do in Transit  (10 Answers)

I will be having a transit of almost 7 hrs(1100-1900hrs) on a Saturday at T5. Any recommendations on where I can go if I intend to do some sight seeing?

Also, I'm changing plane, but same airline. Would I need to collect my lugguage and later check in again?

Appreciate your advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2016
Travelling to Iceland from Mumbai. Do I need a transit visa at Heathrow?  (4 Answers)

I am travelling to Iceland from Mumbai and have to change flights at Heathrow. From terminal 4 to terminal 2.

Do I need a transit visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2016
Transit visa  (2 Answers)

I'm traveling from Iran to Canada and I have a 5 hour layover in Heathrow. I arrive at terminal 4 with Ethihad airlines and depart from terminal 2 with Air Canada. Apparently I'll need a transit visa if I pass through control border. How can I make sure if I will and I need a visa.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2016
change in plans made after ticket purchase.  (13 Answers)

We arriving from MSP - LHR on 01/10/16 on DL 10 arriving in Terminal 4 at 12:15 pm and instead of staying in London on the front part of vacation we have decided to continue on to Munich instead. Contacted Delta. No interlining of luggage with anyone. I was told that to change my business class ticket to now include Munich would cost an additional $8,000 dollars per person. No way. I mentioned to her that there is a flight on BA leaving at 16:35 out of terminal 5 and she said that would be enough time so I booked a separate ticket on BA. Is this doable? Getting nervous.

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