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Aussies Will Now Be Able To Use Their ePassport When They Arrive In The UK

Aussies Will Now Be Able To Use Their ePassport When They Arrive In The UK

The UK is also getting rid of landing cards for Aussies.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Australia and the UK have been friends for centuries mainly because, well, the Brits brought a bunch of their own Down Under.

But because of security issues, whenever we head over to Britain, we have to go through the sometimes-endless line at the airport and get herded like cattle until we get to the front of the line. Don't get us wrong, everyone has to do this, but it would be nice if the process was a bit quicker.

That's why it gives us a big pleasure to announce that Aussies are finally able to use their ePassports to go through customs.

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The technology has been available to Australians when they return home, which relies on biometrics rather than a person behind a glass window asking questions. But now it'll be offered for us heading to the UK.

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, said: "Our new global immigration and border system will improve security and fluidity for passengers coming to visit or work in the UK.

"Expanding the use of ePassport gates is a key part of this and allows us to improve passenger experience arriving in the UK while keeping our border secure.

"I'm delighted that Australian nationals will benefit from their use and have a smooth beginning to their visit to our country."


Children aged between 12 and 17 will get access to the new technology as well, if they're accompanied by an adult, however anyone under that age will have to go through the normal method.

The UK is also being ever so kind by getting rid of landing cards for Aussies, meaning we don't have to fumble for a pen in the line while trying to fill out our details.

While standing in line or filling out a landing card don't exactly work up a sweat or cause any inconvenience, it's nice that the UK is trying to make the whole process just bit quicker and easier.

Of course, that's until the biometrics don't work for you and you're sent to the back of the queue to try again.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, UK, Australia