Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the UK will begin to abolish landing cards from June to “reduce bureaucracy for travellers and speed up the processing of passengers on arrival in the UK”.

The announcement was made as part of Hammond’s spring budget statement to Parliament on Wednesday (13 March).

Also included in the statement was the confirmation of an announcement made in the autumn budget that citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea will be allowed to use ePassport gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals from June.

Hammond said this will “significantly reduce queues and improve the flow of passengers and the overall experience at the UK border”.

Commenting on Hammond’s announcement, Dale Keller, CEO of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (

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