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Artum Snowbird

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Hi there,

We are flying from Canada to London England, landing at Heathrow where we will collect our bags.

We are then directly getting onto a British Airways flight to Toulouse France.

Does anyone know whether we will have to do anything in London with customs or otherwise, or can we proceed directly to the BA Departure Gate and then do customs in France?

Two weeks RV'ing in a canal boat out of Narbonne, should be great fun.


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You will go thru customs in England as it is your first stop in the European Union. No more customs checks in each country.


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If you "collect your bags" you go thru customs and then have to go thru airport security again. Customs is not bad but security at Heathrow is a pain.

On the way home do not purchase any duty free liquids at the French airport. You will have them taken from you when you go thru security at Heathrow.

I did this trip from Newark, NJ to Heathrow to Vienna.


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Thanks for the answers...

We flew out of Paris back home a few years ago. Went into the duty free shop at the airport and looked as some wine that was 12 and 15 Euros... same wine in a downtown grocer was 3 and 4 euros so buyer beware!

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Snowbird,
I'm very interested in canal boating in the UK and Europe. Please keep us updated on your journeys. Enjoy.


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You should have a blast with the canal boat. I had a friend who owned one there & pretty much lived fulltime onboard. He wrote a guide to French canal cruising. It had the boat name, 'Bermuda 2' in the title. Don't know if the book is still available. The author passed away a few years ago so I don't know about any reprints.


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camping on a canal boat is great fun, When I was a kid,(late 60's) my dad and my uncle build one from an old big cheese vat and welded the top of an old Volkswagon bus on it and we spend lots of time on it this boat was self contained with stove, sleeping quarters etc.through out the summer it was kind of an ugly thing but gave me lots of memory's,.

This was in Holland by the way.


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