Exciting news for Australian passport holders

Aussie travellers to the UK will no longer have to wait in border control queues.

Long wait queues in the UK to end

Australians travelling to the UK will be rapt with the news that as of next year their passport will enable them to fast track through the long border control queues at UK airports.

As part of the latest UK Budget, the Chancellor to the Exchequer Philip Hammond this week announced in the House of Commons that Australians with electronically enabled passports will be able to use the e-passport gates at UK airports, instead of queuing to meet with border officials.

“We’ll open the use of e-passport gates at Heathrow and other airports, currently only available to EEA (European Economic Area) nationals, to include visitors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan,” said Mr Hammond.

He is hoping that the announcement would “send a message loud and clear to the rest of the world that Britain is open for business”.

Australian High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis has welcomed the announcement as “great” news, saying Australia had been working on that change for some time.

At the moment, only UK, European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss passport holders with biometric passports can use the UK’s e-passport lanes.

The new system will mean that Aussie travellers won’t have to queue for face-to-face contact with border officials, which should significantly reduce the time Aussies spend waiting in queues at British airports.

Have you ever had to queue at a UK airport? Do you think all nations should adopt e-passport protocols?

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    MICK
    10th Nov 2018
    8:54am
    A good enhancement and long over due.

    Did anyone read the Etihad 'more legroom' article. They blocked responses so clearly the airline is very sensitive about comments and given they are very cheap and rarely fill their flights there has to be a big problem with the carrier.
    We've never flown after reading some of the reviews.
    geoffo
    10th Nov 2018
    10:02am
    Odd article about old news. I used the UK e-passport lane departing Heathrow in August with my Australian passport. I was in the queue to process manually , the office saw my passport and pointed to the e-passport lane and out I went.
    Spud
    11th Nov 2018
    11:34am
    I avoid England airports especially Heathrow so it won’t affect me


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