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    18th Jul 2017

    Guide to faster travel through the UK border

    Below are a number of handy tips provided by the UK government to help speed up your entry to Britain this summer.  

    What to do at the border

    Have all your travel documents ready

    If you have everything prepared before you reach UK border control, we will be able to process you without any delay. You should have your passport open at the photo page and remove any holders or covers.

    Check our guide to entering the UK for an overview of everything you need to know about coming to the UK.

    Using your passport rather than an ID card

    If you are an EEA citizen, you may find it faster to use your passport rather than your EEA national identity card at the UK border. This is because:

    – passports are faster for our Border Force officers to process

    – you can use your EU passport at our ePassport gates

    Passengers who use the ePassport gates generally pass through border control faster than passengers who do not. Those travelling with ID cards instead of passports cannot use the ePassport gates.

    Keep your party together and be ready for your identity inspection

    You should remove all hats and sunglasses so that you are ready for your identity inspection. If you are at a seaport and travelling by bike or motorcycle, you will need to remove your helmet. This includes open-faced helmets. If the Border Force officer can’t identify you, this will delay your journey.

    Our video explains what you can expect at the border if you are not sure of what to look out for when you arrive in the UK.

    Travelling through an airport

    Use the electronic passport (ePassport) gates

    If you are travelling through an airport, our ePassport gates are often faster to use.

    You can use an ePassport gate if you:

    – are an UK, EU, EEA, Swiss passport holder or a Registered Traveller member

    – have a biometric symbol on the cover of your passport

    – are aged 18 or over (in some airports, ePassport gates accepts travellers aged 12 or over when travelling with an adult)

    Join Registered Traveller if you are an international traveller

    If you have a valid passport from an eligible country, you can apply to become a Registered Traveller. As a Registered Traveller you can use the UK/EU and ePassport lanes instead to speed up your entry through the UK border. Border Force officers aim to clear the majority of UK and EEA nationals within 25 minutes and non-EU citizens within 45 minutes.

    Stay together when travelling as a family

    You can usually receive your identity check with your family. Please make sure all members of your family:

    – remove passports from their covers and open them on their photo pages

    – have their documents out and ready for inspection

    – remove their hats and sunglasses

    Use the ePassport gates when possible

    Many major airports, including Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Manchester accept children aged 12 to 17 through their ePassport gates.

    They must be travelling with an adult over 18 years to be able to use the ePassport gates. You can check whether you can use the ePassport gates when you arrive at the UK

    If you have any further questions please fell free to contact us on 0191 285 0346 or send an email to 

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