I'm an Indian national. I'm travelling from Germany to India and I have a 9 hour stop at Heathrow Airport. I have to change terminals, does this mean I have to go through UK's Border Control?

  • If doing a landside transfer then yes. – DumbCoder Jun 8 '16 at 14:32
  • @DumbCoder Sure, that's essentially what "landside" means. So you're just rephrasing the question to, "Do I need to do a landside transfer to get from Heathrow T5 to T4?" – David Richerby Jun 8 '16 at 14:40
  • Pardon my stupidity but what is the exact difference between an airside and landside transit? – Tanushree Baijal Jun 8 '16 at 14:44
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    @TanushreeBaijal It's not stupidity at all. "Airside" is the same side of the security and immigration checkpoints as the planes; "landside" is the same side of the checkpoints as the rest of the country. This is why DumbCoder's comment isn't helpful: it's just saying that you'll need to go through Border control if you need to go through Border Control. – David Richerby Jun 8 '16 at 15:29
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    No it's not an overnight transit I arrive and leave on the same day and don't exit the airport. – Tanushree Baijal Jun 8 '16 at 15:51

No, you will not go through border control (unless you need to collect and recheck your luggage). I've done this many times and there are buses, airside, connecting the terminals in Heathrow. Just follow the 'Flight Connections' signage.

You will, however, go through a security screening at some point (in Terminal 4 if I recall correctly).

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