I’ve mentioned some important things you need to put into consideration before you leave for the UK.
Due to lack of adequate preparation, most people tend to neglect these basic things which may cause them to miss their flight.
Before you leave for the UK,
- BE SURE YOUR DOCUMENTS ARE READY
When you arrive at a UK airport, your passport or identity card will be verified before you are allowed to enter the country.
It should be valid for the duration of your visit.
You need to provide your contact details by completing the online passenger locator form.
You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.
You must declare to customs:
> anything over your duty-free allowance
> banned or restricted goods in the UK
> goods that you plan to sell
> more than €10,000 (or its equivalent) in cash, if you’re coming from outside the EU
You and your baggage may be checked for anything you must declare.
If you’re a British citizen
You can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents:
> a passport
> a Gibraltar identity card
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents:
> a passport
> an Irish passport card
> a national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, if you’re eligible to use one.
Your identity document should be valid for the whole of your stay.
If you’re traveling with a passport or national identity card, it must be registered on your UK Visas and Immigration account if any of the following are true. If:
> you have settled or pre-settled status
> you used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document when applying for a visa
> you’re traveling with a national identity card
If you have not applied for settled or pre-settled status but are planning to
You must enter the UK with either:
an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
Your family permit or visa could be issued by the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man.
Traveling with children
You may be asked at the border to prove the relationship between yourself and any children traveling with you,
if you do not seem to be the parent, for example, if you have a different surname.
You can prove this with:
> a birth or adoption certificate showing your relationship with the child
> divorce or marriage certificates if you’re the parent but have a different surname from the child
> a letter from the child’s parent giving permission for the child to travel with you and providing contact details, if you’re not the parent
Before you board, your ‘carrier’ (for example airline or transport provider) will check your passport and other travel documents.
This information will be sent electronically to the Border Force.
- BE AWARE OF BAGGAGE CHECKING AND BE ALERT.
You have the right to see the information that carriers have sent to you.
Your baggage will be checked in front of you. When you’re stopped and asked questions about your luggage, you must cooperate.
If you go against the rules pertaining to imported goods to the UK, the goods and any vehicle you use to transport them may be seized by the immigration officials.
The immigration officials keep a record of:
> all baggage they open and check
> any damage to your baggage or belongings during a check
so, if any of your belonging is damaged or tampered with during the check, you may be offered compensation.
To make a complaint about a customs check, you can ask for the duty manager while you’re at the border or you can send your complaint to the Border Force if you want to make the complaint at a later time.
- COMPLETE THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EXAMINATION
Before you travel, you might need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or be tested at the spot and if found positive, may have to be isolated and quarantined.
Make sure you have completed the covid-19 examination and that you have a negative result.
- REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE AIRPLANE
When you board the airplane, the air hostesses will read out the rules to follow for your safety in case of turbulence and other vital information. Be sure to observe these guidelines to the letter.
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