Incoming passport checks/times at T5

Old Jul 18, 20, 8:09 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Programs: Ba gold, gha black
Posts: 162
Incoming passport checks/times at T5

Hi all, has anyone been through passport control recently. Arriving tomorrow afternoon and wondering how wait times have been for others. Gatwick North was a breeze last week, but i always worry about T5 if everyones passport has to be checked.

Thanks.
copenhagenBA is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 8:49 am
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: London, UK
Programs: BA Gold, IHG Spire Ambassador
Posts: 14,585
I don't have any first hand experience, but just make sure you've completed this form - non-completion is slowing passenger processing down.
Genius1 is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 8:52 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 7,440
Today was a breeze. The e-gates were open in T5 and no one checked nor asked for my declaration form. Not even a wait for a machine - straight into a free machine.
The _Banking_Scot likes this.
rossmacd is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 10:04 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,287
Originally Posted by Genius1 View Post
I don't have any first hand experience, but just make sure you've completed this form - non-completion is slowing passenger processing down.
I've got the link saved for the form to complete on holiday before coming home, what happens when you submit it, do you get an email that you have to show? Thanks
paulaf is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 10:09 am
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Leeds, UK
Programs: BA GGL/CCR, GfL, HH Diamond
Posts: 30,169
Originally Posted by paulaf View Post
I've got the link saved for the form to complete on holiday before coming home, what happens when you submit it, do you get an email that you have to show? Thanks
you will get an email with a pdf version of the completed form attached. If an immigration officer wants to look at your form you can just show it on your phone.
Genius1 likes this.
KARFA is online now  
Old Jul 18, 20, 10:10 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,287
Many thanks.
paulaf is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 10:51 am
  #7  
formerly james_yuen
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Amsterdam
Programs: Hilton Honors Diamond, BA Silver
Posts: 229
I was there Thursday afternoon at 12:30pm, queued for an hour for a manual check. I think UKBF have now given in with the manual checks and opened the gates as of Thursday evening.
CarefreeBA is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 11:20 am
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: London, UK
Programs: BA Gold, IHG Spire Ambassador
Posts: 14,585
Originally Posted by CarefreeBA View Post
I was there Thursday afternoon at 12:30pm, queued for an hour for a manual check. I think UKBF have now given in with the manual checks and opened the gates as of Thursday evening.
I think it's variable. UKBF gave up at one point last week when the queues for manual checks were too long and made the eGates operational again.
CarefreeBA likes this.
Genius1 is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 11:35 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Cardiff
Programs: BAEC Gold
Posts: 1,689
A friend of mine just arrived home in London after flying from Budapest.

He said that the e-gates in T5 were open, with no queue, and no-one checked whether he had completed the required form.
ahmetdouas likes this.
Misco60 is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 12:59 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SFO
Posts: 230
Originally Posted by Misco60 View Post
A friend of mine just arrived home in London after flying from Budapest.

He said that the e-gates in T5 were open, with no queue, and no-one checked whether he had completed the required form.
Are the e-gates open for UK citizens only, or is it still UK + EU + "trusted countries"?
redct is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 1:06 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Cardiff
Programs: BAEC Gold
Posts: 1,689
Originally Posted by redct View Post
Are the e-gates open for UK citizens only, or is it still UK + EU + "trusted countries"?
My friend is Hungarian, but I don't know what other passports, if any, he might hold.
Misco60 is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 2:31 pm
  #12  
Moderator, Iberia Airlines, Airport Lounges, and Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Programs: BA Lifetime Gold; Flying Blue Life Platinum; LH Sen.; Hilton Diamond; Kemal Kebabs Prized Customer
Posts: 46,546
Originally Posted by redct View Post
Are the e-gates open for UK citizens only, or is it still UK + EU + "trusted countries"?
Yes, they are open for the extended group.

My understanding is that Border Force have told the Home Office that on current staffing levels, and with rising passenger numbers, they cannot check all arrivals. This was always the case at the Channel Ports. Therefore they have a daily percentage target to meet, and from that point on it's best endeavours. Personally I'd prefer a reversion to the Bangemann Wave on the Locator Form and then off to the e-gates - the really important point on the Form is that if there was a outbreak traceable to your flight or departure airport, Track and Trace can get hold of you.

In the meantime, the later in the day you arrive, the faster it will be to get through the UK Border.
copenhagenBA and ahmetdouas like this.
corporate-wage-slave is online now  
Old Jul 18, 20, 4:17 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Cheltenham
Programs: KLM Plat for Life , BA Gold, Avianca Diamond, HH Silver, (OtherhalfGold), IHG Gold
Posts: 1,907
Took us just under an hour on Thursday afternoon , it was a complete mess and from an infection control point of view a shambles . Glad to hear it’s got better .
simonsmith is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 4:18 pm
  #14  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 921
Originally Posted by paulaf View Post
I've got the link saved for the form to complete on holiday before coming home, what happens when you submit it, do you get an email that you have to show? Thanks
The form is quite possibly the most badly designed form in the history of online form filling. The first question should be “are you British, returning to your home?” A yes answer would then mean you would not have to answer many of the questions, which are completely redundant to a UK resident returning home.
where next likes this.
muscat is offline  
Old Jul 18, 20, 4:21 pm
  #15  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Leeds, UK
Programs: BA GGL/CCR, GfL, HH Diamond
Posts: 30,169
Originally Posted by muscat View Post
The form is quite possibly the most badly designed form in the history of online form filling. The first question should be “are you British, returning to your home?” A yes answer would then mean you would not have to answer many of the questions, which are completely redundant to a UK resident returning home.
Do you know that was exactly my thought last week when I was filling it in. The length of the form and duplication of information seemed odd. And it is as if it is only designed for visitors rather than UK residents coming back home.
KARFA is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: