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Latest Travel Updates

Latest travel updates

Virgin Atlantic seat requests

Virgin Atlantic have made some changes to the way you can request seats with them. Please take a look here for more details.

M23 Roadworks

Roadworks are currently being carried out on the M23. This involves road closures at busy times during the day, so please allow some extra time for you journey to ensure you get to the airport in time for your flight. For further information please check the latest traffic news.

Please note that check-in will close promptly 60 minutes before your flight is due to depart.

If you’d like more information on these closures then information can be found by visiting www.highways.gov.uk

Changes In Security Measures

To comply with new security requirements, customers travelling to the USA* may be subject to additional searches and questions, as well as being asked to turn on the personal electronic or battery powered devices they wish to carry on board in their hand baggage, in order to demonstrate how they work.

To help avoid delays and disappointment, please ensure you arrive at the boarding gate with all your devices including cameras, phones, tablets, laptops, e readers etc. are fully charged.

If, when requested, you are unable to turn your device on, it cannot be carried on board the aircraft.

Currently these additional security measures are not creating undue delays at airports, however we appreciate our customers continued support and co-operation by ensuring their personal electronic devices are fully charged and ready to be inspected before they arrive at the security points.

Latest advice from the UK government >>

*Other routes may be affected.

South Africa – Revised Immigration Rules when travelling with children (Under 18 years)

Further to recent updates, the new immigration rules for South Africa relating to travelling with children under the age of 18 has been postponed until 1st June 2015.

From 1st June 2015, parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child's unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate).

You should travel with these documents in case you're asked to provide them.

There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents. For more information, contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.

If you would like to find out more, you can get the latest information from the Foreign Office by clicking here

Twilight Check In at Gatwick

Avoid the peak hours at check in by checking in the night before your flight at Virgin Atlantic's check in desks at London Gatwick's South Terminal (Zone A). This service is available between 1700hrs and 2100hrs

ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization

It's mandatory for everyone travelling to or transferring through the US, under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline.

The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply – simply update your details on the same website. Travelers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US.

If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website at www.visitusa.org.uk where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found.

The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless