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UK Border Control and the use of eGates

06 June 2019 Grace McGill Blog

eGates are now open to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Australia;
  • Canada;
  • Japan;
  • New Zealand;
  • Singapore;
  • South Korea;
  • United States of America.

People from these countries who don’t already have a visa will automatically be granted entry as a standard visitor for six months as specified in The Immigration (Leave to Enter & Remain)(Amendment) Order 2019. Those seeking entry under the new system will still need to meet all requirements of Appendix V, such as the usual prohibition on employment and recourse to public funds. 

For those holding a visa or a biometric residence card eGates can still be used, including those who arrive in the UK with an initial 30 day visa. There is no longer the need to have the passport stamped showing an initial date of entry. Non-EEA passengers who arrive in the UK are also no longer required to complete landing cards prior to arrival in the UK.

All passengers will continue to be automatically checked against UK Border Force systems and checklists. eGates can be used by adults over the age of 18, and anyone aged 12 to 17 who is accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 cannot use the eGate system for entry.

Caution should be exercised however when considering the actual purpose for entry. If someone is coming to the UK for: 

entry should still be sought through the traditional system, obtaining a passport endorsement though an immigration officer. eGates should NOT be used.

The full Government guidance is found here.


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