Pilot Inn

68 River Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0BE, United Kingdom
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Layover leaving the airport

by DSwede

Am posting for a friend...
I have not had a layover in Heathrow long enough to ever think about leaving the airport to know this first hand.

However, a friend of mine has a few hours and wants to exit, meet his son for a short time and return. There is no problems with customs, immigration or time.

The question is regarding departure taxes. If he has a boarding pass already in hand, will Heathrow require him to pay any additional tax to get return through security?

I've traveled some places and had no problems with this (ex. Germany, France, USA). However, there are places which require tax for entering security because the airport views that as a stop-over (ex. Japan).

Re: Layover leaving the airport

by leics

I am not aware of the UK charging individuals departure taxes as they leave. Taxes are always included in ticket costs, as far as I know.

With a boarding pass in hand (and presumably hand luggage?) and assuming he has a transit visa if he needs one, all your friend has to do is go through security. I've never seen anyone paying anybody, nor facilities for doing so. He should, however, allow plenty of time for this, as Heathrow can be very busy and security queues can be very long.

Re: Layover leaving the airport

by hawkhead

Ditto! Also I have arranged to meet people at Heathrow who have come in from North America and South America, as well as China who have had some hours to kill (the longest was 12 hours) before continuing on- and they have never been required to pay anything extra. However, one of them did require a transit visa, so if your friend requires one, he should obtain one. My scenario has applied to those who have a boarding pass in hand and those who emerged with luggage and had to check-in again i.e. they didn't have a through ticket. Only criteria is to allow plenty of time for going airside again, especially if he has to change terminals.

Re: Layover leaving the airport

by leics

Absolutely agree....always allow more time than you think you need for getting airside in the UK, and especially at Heathrow.

Re: Layover leaving the airport

by Dabs

I've left Heathrow a couple of times on layovers and have not paid any kind of tax coming or going. But do tell your friend to allow a lot of time for security, as you probably already know the security lines there can be quite extensive and the airport quite large, I've had to jog through Heathrow a couple of times on short connects.

As a US citizen, I did not need a transit visa, if your friend holds another passport, you may want the have them check if they need one.

Re: Layover leaving the airport

by DSwede

Thanks for your replies. This clears the waters nicely.

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