Home Office: Paper Based Landing Cards To Be Replaced by Digital System

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The Home Office has announced plans to scrap the old paper-based landing cards system used by non EU travelers on arrival to the UK. According to Immigration minister Brandon Lewis The new digitised system will cut down on the queues at airport arrival points, and enable more time to be spent on security and protecting the public.

Non-EU travellers will no longer have to fill in paper-based landing cards before arriving in the UK under plans announced by the Home Office.

The current system, described as “outdated” by officials, has been in place since 1971 and costs £3.6 million a year.

The process, which requires travellers to provide basic information about themselves and their travel, will be replaced by a digital system.

It is hoped it will help speed passengers through airports upon arrival while ensuring that security and immigration checks continue to be performed.

The change is expected to come into effect in the autumn after a four-week consultation period.

Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said: “We are modernising border technology to ensure Border Force staff stop dealing with outdated paperwork and can continue to focus on security and protecting the public.

 

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It is hoped the digital system will help speed passengers through airports upon arrival. Credit: PA

He added: “In addition, this change will improve the experience for arriving passengers so they get an even better welcome when they land in the UK.”

Heathrow Airport boss John Holland-Kaye said: “We warmly welcome this proposed change which would give visitors to Britain an improved experience, whilst maintaining a secure border into the UK.

“In post-Brexit Britain, it will be even more important to show we are open for business and make sure that we give investors, tourists and students a great welcome to our country.”

The move to ease the process of arriving in the UK comes as British travellers have been among those facing lengthy queues in Europe.

There have been chaotic scenes at some airports on the continent since the introduction of more stringent checks on travellers entering and leaving the Schengen area, which allows passport-free movement across much of the EU.

 

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2017-08-05/paper-based-landing-cards-for-non-eu-travellers-scrapped/

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Britons Visiting America Must Have A Biometric Passport.

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Britons must have e-passports to visit America or risk being turned away, travellers have been warned.

More than three million Britons could be caught up in the change which became law on April 1.

It is understood the British passports affected are those issued between April and October 2006 – before the introduction of the biometric passport.

The change is stipulated under the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement (VWP) and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act 2015..

Currently 38 countries are signed up to the VWP, including the UK. The scheme allows passport holders from those nations to visit the US for a period of up to 90 days.

Those from VWP countries without an e-passport who wish to travel to the United States could obtain a non-immigrant visa.

According to advice on the Home Office website, this visa can be applied for and obtained from the nearest US embassy or consulate.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-06/britons-warned-they-need-e-passports-to-enter-america/

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Britons Visit America Must Have A Biometric Passport.

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Britons must have e-passports to visit America or risk being turned away, travellers have been warned.

More than three million Britons could be caught up in the change which became law on April 1.

It is understood the British passports affected are those issued between April and October 2006 – before the introduction of the biometric passport.

The change is stipulated under the Visa Waiver Programme Improvement (VWP) and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act 2015..

Currently 38 countries are signed up to the VWP, including the UK. The scheme allows passport holders from those nations to visit the US for a period of up to 90 days.

Those from VWP countries without an e-passport who wish to travel to the United States could obtain a non-immigrant visa.

According to advice on the Home Office website, this visa can be applied for and obtained from the nearest US embassy or consulate.

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-06/britons-warned-they-need-e-passports-to-enter-america/

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British Travellers Are Facing Three Days Of Flight Delays And Cancellations, Because Of Strikes By French Air Traffic Controllers.

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Passengers travelling from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport have already been hit by rescheduling after the strike began on Sunday with officials at Gatwick saying that passengers had experienced delays averaging more than 50 minutes.

 

Passengers flying with easyJet and British Airways from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton Airport to European airports are likely to experience lengthy delays or cancellations from today.

Luton Airport have confirmed that flights to Amsterdam and Nimes had been affected by industrial action, adding that four flights had been delayed as a result of a “knock-on effect in the network”.

Officials at Gatwick said passengers were experiencing delays averaging 50 minutes, and advised all passengers to ring their airlines for updates.

A spokesman for easyJet confirmed that 82 flights were cancelled on Sunday, including 32 scheduled to take off from British airports.

He said: “We have been pro-actively informing affected customers, so they have the opportunity to reorganise their journeys.

“Affected customers can change their flight free of charge or receive a refund. We advise customers to make any amendments to their booking on the Manage my Bookings area of easyJet.com.

“As well as affecting flights to and from France, the strike action is causing delays to other flights which use French airspace.

“We recommend that all customers travelling on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 March 2016 check the status of their flight on our Flight Tracker page.”

“Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action”

British Airways refused to disclose how many flights would be affected by the strikes, but said it was doing “all we can to minimise disruption to customers affected.”

A spokeswoman added that larger aircraft were now being used and some flights were being re-routed.

Read More: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-20/french-traffic-control-strikes-could-cause-chaos-for-british-travellers/

 

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