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Immigration Clearance Times, Heathrow

Volume 622: debated on Monday 12 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the target time for passengers arriving at London Airport (Heathrow) between entering the immigration hall and being seen by an immigration officer; and whether they are satisfied with the current average waiting time. [HL70]

Current target clearance times for non-European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EAA) nationals not requiring further examination at the four Heathrow Terminals are:

  • Terminal 1: 95 per cent in less than 30 minutes
  • Terminal 2: 90 per cent in less than 30 minutes
  • Terminal 3: 85 per cent in less than 30 minutes
  • Terminal 4: 85 per cent in less than 30 minutes
The target time for EU/EAA nationals is that they should pass through the controls without delay.Regular independent surveys (conducted by BAA) of arriving passengers demonstrates a high level of satisfaction with all aspects of the service provided by the Immigration Service. The Immigration Service is, nevertheless, constantly striving to achieve further improvements.