It has been announced that the landing card requirement for non-EEA arrivals to the UK will be withdrawn for the majority of passengers, who will now be able to use the ePassport gates along with EEA and UK travellers.
Currently, there is a requirement for all non-EEA nationals to complete a landing card when entering the UK. These passengers are segmented from UK and EEA travellers, who are able to pass through the border using ePassport gates.
From June 2019, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA will no longer be asked to fill out a landing card upon arrival. These nationals will join UK and EEA citizens in using the ePassport gates.
A minority of passengers will still need to see an officer for a stamp:
- Travellers with children under 12
- Short term students
- Paid Permitted Engagements (visitors)
- Entering under the Tier 5 concession (arts and ents)
- Non–EEA family members joining an EEA national
This change is part of a long-term programme to develop a new border and immigration system. The aim is to enhance passenger experience while crossing the border through the improved use of digital technology and automation.
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