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Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

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Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

Hi all,

I am flying from Bergen Norway via London Heathrow to Singapore with British Airways.

I have an 8 hour transit in London Heathrow Terminal 5 and I need to get something from a shop that is located only in Terminal 1, departure transit area.

Can someone advice if there is any internal train or shuttle service which transit passengers can utilise to move between the departure transit area between all 5 Terminals?

Or do we need to go through immigration to exit and take Heathrow Express to get to another Terminal within Heathrow? If yes, does this mean we will have to carry our hand carry luggages with us to go through immigration since our check-in luggage will be already tagged and bound for final destination?

Appreciate all helpful advice here.

Thanks

Audrey

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1. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

If by 'departure transit area' you mean a shop that is airside (past Security) at T1 then it will remain out of bounds to you. The only way you will be able to access the airside area at T1 is if you have a boarding pass for a flight departing from that terminal building.

If you wish to buy something landside (before Security) at T1 then you will need to go through the UK border (immigration) and customs before making your way to T1. You may take the free HEX shuttle to Heathrow Central from T5, but again unless the shop is landside you will not be able to reach it.

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2. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

In fact there is a way of getting from airside in one terminal to airside in another and back again specifically to visit a shop that is only in the second terminal. It's called the Personal Shopper scheme, and basically it means you are escorted from T5 to T1 airside, taken to the shop, and escorted back again. It must be prebooked with the airport.

heathrowairport.com/shop,-eat,-relax-and-enj…

Note that this doesn't work for getting into lounges at other terminals, the polite escorts would soon turn into less polite security staff if you tried it.

The terminals are all linked airside by shuttle buses for the use of connecting passengers but unless you are escorted you won't be allowed into a terminal without a boarding pass for a flight from there.

Edited: 06 June 2014, 06:52
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3. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

Hi TravellerPlus and AndyW33,

Thanks for your advice.

Think in my scenario, I will only be in air side hence this personal shopper may come in handy for me.

Will contact them and see if something can be worked out.

Cheers

Audrey

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4. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

Contact the shop itself and see if they can bring it to you

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5. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

That's very interesting Andy, thanks.

Absent that news I was going to suggest that Audrey (with an 8 hour layover, though depending on the timeline/schedule) could get three usable hours in central London, buy her item at the store there and file for a VAT refund at T5. That's still a potential option, although of course subject to schedules and on time arrivals. If Audrey really wants the item at T1, and needs to book the personal shopper with 48 hours' notice, that's probably the best option (though see if you can check that it's in stock first).

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6. Re: Can we move fm Heathrow T5 to T1 without passing immigration

I'd also definitely go downtown with an 8 hours transit time (Heathrow Express: 20 minutes from T5). And Oxford street being not that far from Paddington station, Audrey should hopefully find what she is looking for there.

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