U.K. ePassport Gates Now Open to U.S. and Canadian Citizens

By Anna Breuer on 24 May 2019
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DSC_0320The United Kingdom opened its ePassport gates, or e-gates, to travelers from the United States and Canada.

The list of countries whose citizens are now eligible to use the e-gates, also includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

In addition, the United Kingdom is discontinuing the use of landing cards for all travelers, regardless of nationality.

“The expanded access to ePassport gates and the withdrawal of landing cards is part of our work to transform the U.K.’s border, providing a quicker, seamless experience for passengers that is built around digital systems,” said U.K. Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes last month.

Previously, ePassport gates were only available to those residing in the European Economic Area.

Chancellor to the Exchequer Philip Hammond said in April that the reason for the change was to “send a message loud and clear to the rest of the world: Britain is open for business” following Brexit.

The so-called e-gates were first introduced in the United Kingdom in 2008. Over 250 are currently in place at 22 airports and rail terminals across the country.

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