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Premium Passport Control

Find out information on Premium Passport Control at Gatwick, how and when you can use it and if there are any restrictions.

What is Premium Passport Control?

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Premium Passport Control is an expedited passport control service that is available at London Gatwick Airport in the UK. Through the Gatwick Airport website, passengers can pay from £7 GBP and book their place in an exclusive passport control lane at the airport that is limited to just 50 people per hour.

Buy Premium Passport Control at Gatwick Airport.

Who is eligible for Premium Passport Control?

Anyone is eligible to use Premium Passport Control, regardless of whether they're an EU or non-EU citizen. It's also available regardless of which airline or travel class that you're flying on.

What's the process of using Premium Passport Control?

  1. Pre-book Premium Passport Control on the Gatwick Airport website, using your flight arrival time to book a suitable time and date
  2. Save a copy of your confirmation for reference
  3. Once your flight has landed follow the signs to arrivals
  4. Once at arrivals, find the exclusive Premium Passport Control lane. The lane will have a sign and a member of staff will be available to assist you
  5. Breeze through passport control

Which airports is Premium Passport Control Available at?

Premium Passport Control is currently only available at London Gatwick Airport (LGW). However, there may be other expedited passport control programmes that are similar to Gatwick's Premium Passport Control at other airports.

Although not exactly the same, there are programmes available at other airports, including:

Mobile Passport Control

Automated Passport Control

Premium Passport Control

Who can use Premium Passport Control?

Anyone that's arriving at Gatwick Airport can use Premium Passport Control. It's available for passengers inside and outside of the EU and on all airlines and travel classes.

How old do you need to be to use Premium Passport Control?

Premium Passport Control is available for those of all ages. However, children using Premium Passport Control must have an adult book it for them and must also be accompanied by an adult at the airport.

How much does Premium Passport Control cost?

Premium Passport Control is available from £7 GBP per person.

What are the benefits of Premium Passport Control?

Premium Passport Control's main benefit is that it will allow you to beat the queues at passport control at Gatwick Airport. Gatwick Airport passport control can get very busy during peak hours, especially for those with a non-EU passport.

Premium Passport Control is particularly useful for short trips, weekend breaks or any trip that you only need to bring carry-on baggage. This is because — without the need for checked baggage — you won't have to wait to collect your checked baggage on the other side once through passport control and can leave the airport straight away.

If you do have to collect checked baggage, you might find that you'll have to wait around for your checked baggage to arrive, which would make purchasing Premium Passport Control not as beneficial.

Is Premium Passport Control Open 24/7?

Premium Passport Control is not a 24/7 service. It's open seven days a week from 6am–12am but is completely closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years' Day.

How long before my flight can I buy Premium Passport Control?

You can buy Premium Passport Control six months in advance.

How soon to my flight can I buy Premium Passport Control?

You can buy Premium Passport Control no later than 24 hours before your flight.

Is Premium Passport Control refundable?

No. Premium Passport Control is non-refundable past the date of your travel, regardless of the reason. However, you can cancel Premium Passport Control and receive a full refund, as long as it's 24 hours before your flight.

Can I book Premium Passport Control offline?

Premium Passport Control is only available to purchase online through the Gatwick Airport website.

How can I pay for Premium Passport Control?

Premium Passport Control is available to buy online with credit or debit card (MasterCard or Visa) or via PayPal.