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Being the over planner that I am.. Has anyone know/guess what will happen to US passengers that have to change planes @ LHR? I have an upcoming flight to Zurich that requires a change of planes @LHR. IF/when UK is brexited will I have to go through UK immigration & then recheck into the LHR-->ZUR flight?

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The UK has never been in the Schengen zone which covers immigration in most EU countries. Brexit will make absolutely NO CHANGE in how UK immigration is handled. For direct on-going flights to anywhere outside of the UK you have been and will continue to be a transit passenger, and will not have to go through UK immigration. You usually will have a security check at LHR. 
I should add that there will be changes in how EU passports will be handled, but no change for non-EU passports. 

Edited by TravelerThom

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FWIW, I like to connect thru LHR, mainly because we get good flights from LAX (we live in Reno so connections are a given). My practice is to overnight there. The new Hilton Garden Inn at T2 is pretty sweet and convenient. We stayed there twice in September (a reunion in England, so no connection) and are booked in there for our April Grand European Tour (B-->A, 8-22 April) both coming and going. Two words: Rooftop Bar! For those with lots of luggage, or just want/need an easy route to this hotel coming from T3, T4, or T5, use a cab.

We used to stay off-airport at the Hilton "at" T5 but you need a cab or the Hotel Hoppa.

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Enjoy your trip & thx for your response . Unfortunately AA( DH&I have way too many FF points) has dumped most of the transatlantic flights from JFK- requiring a change of planes @ LHR or travel JFK--> PHL--> Zurich or Amsterdam. Having been to the UK via LHR several times I really do not want to pay the (extra) fees imposed by flying into LHR

 

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On 11/11/2019 at 12:03 PM, TravelerThom said:

...For direct on-going flights to anywhere outside of the UK you have been and will continue to be a transit passenger, and will not have to go through UK immigration....

I need to amend/correct this. The UK and Republic of Ireland share a Common Travel Area, so UK - Ireland flights function as if they are domestic flights. If you are continuing to Ireland you will have to go through immigration at LHR. 

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I'd just like to add to the above.....

 

Don't go with the crowds and follow the yellow arrivals signs all the way, look for the purple 'Flight Connections' signs, they will direct you to your Zurich flight so you avoid passport control and customs.

 

If you get to the passport lines at Border Control you've missed the Flight Connections, go back.

See https://www.heathrow.com/flight-connections

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