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Plans to withdraw landing cards in UK – Update

October 2018 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Hudson McKenzie.

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The government is currently analyzing all feedback received from the public regarding its recently closed consultation on withdrawing landing cards in UK.

The consultation was regarding the transformation of the UK border, following from the increasing application of digital technology.

From this, the Home Office proposed to end the requirement for non-EEA passengers. This now means that all non-EEA passengers must present a landing card (a paper version) upon arrival to the UK.

The announcement follows from the news last year in which ‘outdated’ landing cards were withdrawn in a move to enhance the UK’s digital border transformation.  The plans come as an initiative to make travelling for non-EU passengers more streamlined, in which the UK sees more than sixteen million passengers every year.

Changes to the border control meant that travellers no longer has to fill out paper landing cards or queue at the airports, making travelling to the UK much more enticing for non-EU individuals, especially as the process is now faster overall. This is predominately because the UK border saw the introduction of 232 e-gates at 21 Ports across the UK.

Further changes are set to come as technology advances, in which data protection is paramount in the Border Digital Services Program, following from the change.

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