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Travelling to the UK

Travellers travelling to the UK must pass through systematic border checks and controls conducted by British immigration and customs. The exception is the land border shared by Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland where there is free movement without checks or control.

Travellers on the Eurostar trains (passing the Channel Tunnel under the English Channel) from cities in France and Belgium to London undergo immigration checks at the point of embarkation and customs checks upon arrival. The Eurotunnel Shuttle trains that carry vehicles and their passengers through the Channel Tunnel from Calais in France to Folkestone in England undergo both immigration and customs check at the point of embarkation.

At the time of writing, there is no official confirmation from the British government on entry requirements and terms for EU nationals after the UK leaves the EU (Brexit) on 29th March 2019. 

UK Border at Heathrow Airport by Danny Howard

By Plane

London is the main gateway for flights between the UK and the rest of the world. Therefore, travellers to the UK are most likely to arrive at one of London's six international airports. Though London is the main gateway, there are other international airports serving cities in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Crown Dependencies. To the UK by plane

North Terminal at Gatwick Airport by Martin Roell

By Train

High-speed Eurostar passenger trains connect several French and Belgium cities with London. The Eurotunnel Shuttle is another service but carries vehicles and their passengers between Calais in France and Folkestone in England. Northern Ireland Railway operates a joint service with Irish Rail travelling between Belfast and the Irish capital of Dublin. To the UK by train

The Eurostar by Bernard Pépellin

By Coach

London is the UK hub for coach (long distance or express bus) travel between Continental Europe with Eurolines being the major operator. The coach journey requires taking a ferry across the English Channel. There are cross border coach services between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland operated mainly by Ulsterbus and Bus Eireann. To the UK by coach

London's Victoria Coach Station by Oxyman

By Ferry

There are three broad ferry routes connecting the UK with other ports in Europe. Ports on the south coast of England connect with ports on the northern coast of France and Spain while ports on the east coast of England connect with the Netherlands and Belgium. Ports on the west coast of England and Wales connect with the Republic of Ireland. To the UK by ferry

Ferry at Calais by Romainberth

By Car

Eurotunnel Shuttle trains carry vehicles and their passengers between Calais in France and Folkestone in England. There are also car ferry services sailing between ports in Continental Europe and England as well as between the Republic of Ireland and Wales. The only land border crossing for cars is between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. To the UK by car

Boarding the Eurotunnel Shuttle by Ministère des Affaires Étrangères Français

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