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 (BAR UK), said: “Our 70 airline members will be delighted that landing cards are finally to be abolished following a long-standing campaign to rid passengers and crew from the hassle of this outdated process.
“We also welcome confirmation of a June commencement to the extension of ePassport gates to the seven additional countries so that the benefits are in place for the summer peak. We will be working with airports and Border Force to closely monitor the much-needed improvement in queue times and ensure that sufficient eGates are in operation at all times.”