As of 20th May the UK opened its ePassport gates to enable visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States to join the same queue as EU nationals
As part of the eGate expansion landing cards for all non-EEA passengers, across all routes were also withdrawn.
The move is “designed to speed up border controls for low-risk countries,” according to the Home Office.
The gates use facial recognition technology to compare a passenger’s face to the digital image recorded in their passport. They are monitored by Border Force officers and anyone rejected at the gates will be sent to a manned passport check to have their identity and passport checked.
“Our new global immigration and border system will improve security and fluidity for passengers coming to visit or work in the UK,” said Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
“Expanding the use of ePassport gates is a key part of this and allows us to improve the passenger experience of those arriving in the UK while keeping our border secure.
“The new system will help to drive our economy, cement our reputation as a global leader and send a clear message to the world – the UK is open for business.”