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England/France Passport/Immigration Procedures

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I checked through previous posts on this topic, but just want to make sure I have a clear understanding of passport checks, etc. when traveling into England from the US, from England to France via Eurostar, and then back to England from France.

1-Upon arrival at Heathrow from the US (we will not have any checked bags, only carry-ons), I gather that it's a crapshoot how long it will take to pass through customs/immigration? Any ballpark averages?

2-Boarding Eurostar at St. Pancras--passports will be checked, correct? And arriving 40 minutes early takes that into account?

3-Will passports be checked upon arrival at Gare du Nord, or is that taken care of at St. Pancras?

4-Returning to London from Paris Gare du Nord--I gather passports may or may not be checked? And it is necessary to arrive 40 minutes ahead, correct? Is that enough time to pass through whatever checks will be made?

Finally, it's possible to purchase carnets for the Paris metro system at St Pancras, I gather from other posts? ( Even if it 's a bit more expensive than purchasing them at Gare du Nord, this sounds like a good way to hit the ground running in Paris.)

We will also be traveling from Paris to Bayeux via train. What kind of ID will be required to purchase train tickets at the St Lazare gare, or should we purchase tickets ahead of time in the US?

Just want to make sure we have proper ID at all times and take into account times needed for passing through customs/passports/immigration lines when planning travel.

Thanks in advance.

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