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Can I board if my flight arrives 1.5 hours before my UK visa becomes valid?

I am the OP. This is what I did: Called and emailed easyjet, they said I should rebook Called the LGW airport immigration. The officer was very polite and helpful by the way. He said I can't stay too ...
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Can I board if my flight arrives 1.5 hours before my UK visa becomes valid?

Lingering in the passageways (or disappearing into the toilets) at Gatwick for 1.5 hours is a naive idea, it's called "suspicious behaviour" in the contexts of both security and attempting to evade ...
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Can I board if my flight arrives 1.5 hours before my UK visa becomes valid?

The sterile corridors at Gatwick before immigration are open even at night, as there are a number of nighttime arrivals, so in theory you could go to the toilet and wait until midnight before heading ...
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What can we do when flights are cancelled and we're offered replacements from another airport?

Traveller's answer tells you what you can do, which is the answer to the question. But the bigger context is that companies like this are scammers. They don't actually book the flights they offer you, ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

The officer might have wondered if your documents are genuine or a (good) forgery. That can sometimes be gauged by asking a couple of rambling questions and see if the answers are coherent. That ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

You stated you were arriving from Zurich. The officer asked you a destabilizing question: why do you have a Swiss debit card? Such questions are meant to gauge your reaction and the consistency of ...
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Do UK citizens need a passport on domestic flights in the UK?

The short answer is no, and this answer provides good references with more details. In answer to the supplementary question that you raised in the comments section, airport security do not require ...
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Are train tickets from Gatwick to Brighton more expensive when bought at the airport?

I think the "Buying in advance ..." blurb on Thetrainline's timetable search is one they display on all their result pages; I get it for all other station pairs I've tried, even short ones such as ...
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Heathrow to Gatwick and traffic jam

The roads are the M25 and M23 and early on a Sunday are quite likely to be deserted. There are no significant road works on either at present. Your transit time should be about 45 minutes. With heavy ...
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What can we do when flights are cancelled and we're offered replacements from another airport?

It is allowed but you don’t have to accept it. From Citizens Advice If the company has made a ‘significant change’ to your package holiday, you don’t have to accept it. You have the right to either: ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

Turned comment into answer per @Gayot Fow suggestion You can consider yourself extremely lucky, if the was the weirdest question you ever got at immigration. Immigration officers are supposed to ask ...
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Is it possible to walk from Gatwick Airport station to Travelodge Gatwick?

Having made the journey in both directions only yesterday, I can confirm that this is a fairly easy 10 minute walk but since the route of about 200m nearest the Travelodge is designated as the West ...
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Do UK citizens need a passport on domestic flights in the UK?

Domestic flights Some airlines accept photo driving licences and other forms of ID for domestic flights, but many don’t so check your airlines website when you book your flights. If you turn up with ...
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Is 4.5 hours between flights enough time to get from LHR to LGW?

I think you have enough time, but there is a not insignificant risk of missing your connection. You are flying with British Airways, who recommend a minimum connection time between the airports of ...
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Old Lady traveling alone- Gatwick to Cambridge

Take the Thameslink, towards Bedford, to St Pancras International. Get out of the station(which is on the lower level) and walk to the upper level. Once you are on the upper floor you can see signs to ...
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Can I get Oyster cards at Gatwick airport in the evening?

This site says that you can buy Visitor OysterCards at the GatwickExpress ticket office, and also pre-order them and have them delivered. The Gatwick Express site says that the ticket office at ...
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Are train tickets from Gatwick to Brighton more expensive when bought at the airport?

In general with rail tickets in the UK it is not so much about where you buy them as when you buy them and what restrictions you are prepared to have. "advance" tickets can be significantly cheaper ...
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Are train tickets from Gatwick to Brighton more expensive when bought at the airport?

Last time I travelled from Gatwick was a couple of years ago, but I remember that tickets purchased at Gatwick right before travelling were the same price as I saw online a couple of days in advance. ...
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How to get from London Gatwick to Cambridge on public transport?

Since the earlier Answers were posted, direct trains between Gatwick and Cambridge (no changes, no going into London Underground) are now available. A quick look at the National Rail look-up site ...
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Drive through Gatwick "dropoff" by mistake

You need to pay for the dropoff lane, it works by LPS (License Plate Scanning) and you need to pay it online. I don't see any exception for non-stop passage though (might be worth contacting Gatwick ...
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Best and fastest transportation from Gatwick to Heathrow airport

Your best option would normally be the National Express bus that runs directly between Gatwick and Heathrow (Terminals 2/3, from where you can connect to the other terminals if needed). At that time ...
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How can I get from Gatwick to Heathrow by bus?

So much rep for a copy paste job, thanks! Gatwick to Heathrow: Gatwick Express trains to London Victoria depart every 15 minutes from South Terminal and take 30 minutes. The Heathrow Express ...
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The fastest connection between Gatwick & Heathrow?

You'd have to be extremely lucky to make this and I strongly recommend against this. Some public options are here https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/travel-between-airports Basically ...
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Long layover in London with change in airport

British Airways states that your baggage will not be transferred between Heathrow and Gatwick and that you must do this yourself. Your baggage will not be automatically forwarded so please collect ...
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Can I get Oyster cards at Gatwick airport in the evening?

According to this Tripadvisor post: London Airports: Heathrow Underground station and Gatwick Express station sell Oyster Also stated on Gatwick Express's site: You can purchase a Visitor ...
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Is it possible to walk from Gatwick Airport station to Travelodge Gatwick?

Travelodge runs shuttle buses. Fares are £3.00 per adult, one way and £1.50 per child (5-15 years old), one way.You will have to call up the hotel to let them know that you are waiting at the pick up ...
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Old Lady traveling alone- Gatwick to Cambridge

As from now, there is a direct rail service from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge station. At the moment (March 2018) that is one train per day at 12:03 pm, but it will be extended to eventually four ...
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Do UK citizens need a passport on domestic flights in the UK?

As an EU citizen I once tried to travel intra-UK with only my UK driving license, which the check-in clerk did not want to accept at first (they told me that a driving license is only valid if I'm a ...
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Do UK citizens need a passport on domestic flights in the UK?

At Luton airport a few years ago a police officer stopped me and asked to see my passport. I said "I don't think I need it", he said "yes you do", but when I mentioned I was flying to Glasgow he let ...
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