Air travel England: Customs,Baggage Claim,Transport Between Airport & Town

UK / England Air Travel – Arrival

This   section gives information on Air travel to and from England,Customs Regulations, Baggage Claim, Transport Between Airport & Town, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, International air travel and Jet lag

AT   LANDING IN UK:  International flights to London arrive at either   Heathrow Airport or at Gatwick Airport or at   Stansted Airport.

Custom Regulations

At   Heathrow Airport the guideline is that if you’re   arriving on an international flight, and have   checked baggage, you will come through Customs   about forty minutes after your plane lands.   Be prepared to have your luggage searched or X-rayed.  At departure you are advised to check-in two   hours before for intercontinental flights. Take   this advice seriously as Heathrow can become very congested at times.

PORT OF ENTRY

You will be given a De-embarkation Form before   you land at the place of your destination.   There could be questions regarding the items   that you are carrying, e.g. whether it exceeds   the duty-free limits or whether you are carrying   any vegetable products or any perishable products   Enter your organization’s – UK office   Tel. No./address as your contact no./address.

AT THE IMMIGRATION COUNTER

Show your passport, immigration form and work   permit.   Answer questions asked by the immigration officers   respectfully, confidently and to the point.   Do keep eye on what the officer writes down   and politely correct him if you think anything   is wrong.  Request the immigration officer for a multiple   entry permit.

BAGGAGE CLAIM

If any of your checked-in baggage is damaged   or missing, make a complaint in writing before   you leave the airport. Also lodge a police complaint.

The   Airport Authorities make every effort to ensure   that the safe delivery of your baggage coincides   with your arrival at the destination airport!   In the rare  event that your baggage is damaged, lost or   delayed during a flight however, you must advise   a member of the ground handling staff at the   airport of arrival immediately.

Baggage Claim

If it is lost or damaged by an authority, a   transport company or hotel you must report the   details of the loss or damage to them in writing   and get written confirmation

  • If your baggage is lost or stolen, you must take all reasonable steps to get it back
  • You must be able to prove your ownership and the value of lost or stolen items. Failure to do so may affect your claim
  • If after five days your luggage has not been restored to you, you must complete and return a Baggage Inventory Form

Prohibited   and Restricted Items – What you   should not carry The following dangerous articles   are not permitted in baggage whether cabin or   hold baggage:

  • Gas cylinders. Deeply refrigerated flammable, non-flammable, and poisonous gases such as butane, oxygen, propane, and aqualung cylinders. Includes   butane gas (eg for use with heated hair appliances)  camping gas, and chef’s blow torches.
  • Flammable liquids and solids such as lighter or heater fuels, paint, and matches   (except one box of matches or one cigarette   lighter as provided below).
  • Poisons, such as insecticides, weed killers, arsenic, and cyanide.
  • Radioactive material, oxidising materials, and organic peroxides such as bleaches and fibreglass repair kits.
  • Firearms and explosives. Handguns, automatic weapons, munitions, ammunitions including blank cartridges, pistol caps, fireworks, flares,   smoke canisters, and crackers.
  • Infectious substances such as bacteria and viruses.
  • Corrosives such as mercury, acids, alkalis, and wet-cell batteries.

ARRIVALS AREA

Don’t hesitate to ask for help from airport   support staff / police if the need arises

Beware   of touts / un-authorized personnel

Don’t   panic if the person coming to pick you up is not there.   In the UK, no change is returned at the Public phones. It is advisable to buy a 2 or 3-pound British Telecom Phone Card from one of the counters in the Arrivals area. It’s even better to just pick up a local SIM card with some top up and turn on your mobile.

TRANSPORT   BETWEEN AIRPORT AND TOWN

If you have only manageable luggage, you may   be able to make the move conveniently on public   transport.The  Airport Shuttle is the fastest and most  convenient way for an individual passenger to arrive into London.

From Heathrow to reach London  The least expensive route into London is Piccadilly   Line on the Underground (London’s Subway   System), which runs from all the four terminals   every 4 to 8 minutes.

Heathrow Express is the new,   fast rail link from the airport to Paddington Station in London, which reaches in 15 min.   A one way ticket costs £ 12 for standard   class and is not covered by the Travel Card   scheme.

London Transport (Tel: 020/7222-1234)   runs a 2-bus service from the airport, each   cost about £ 6 one way.  Cars & taxis drive into London on M4. The   fare is about £ 40 plus tip. It may take   more than an hour, depending upon traffic to reach the city.

From Gatwick

Fast, nonstop Gatwick Express trains leave from   Victoria Station every 15 min, from 5:30 a.m.   to 12:50 a.m., then hourly between 1:30 a.m.   and 4:30 a.m.  The 30-min trip costs around £ 10 one-way.   A frequent local train also runs all night.

Cars & Taxis drive into London on M4. The   taxi fare is around £85, plus trip.

From Stansted

The Stansted Sky train to Liverpool Street Station   runs every half hour & costs  around £11 one-way.

JET LAG  Tired? Nauseous? Just flown across more than   four time zones? Feelings of disorientation   are not just due to sleep deprivation, or even   the thin air (less  pressure at 8,000 feet) but may well have something   to do with melatonin, a harmone produced by   the brain to set the body clock.

Synthetic   melatonin, available from health food shops   and pharmacies in the UK, can eliminate jet   lags. But what is generally agreed is that long   journeys should start with a good night’s   sleep.

But   what else can be done on the journey?

Sleep   with eyeshades

Use   earplugs to minimize he effect of pressure changes.

Boots   sell an upmarket version with ceramic filter  to allow air to seep in while protecting the   inner ear

Eat   lightly & drink plenty of water before and   during the flight

Avoid excessive alcohol

Get   a good night’s sleep on arrival. This   can be difficult if welcoming hosts insist on   celebrating your arrival, but from the experience   this is the most effective part of any strategy.