Passport Changes Mean Aussies Can Now Avoid Lengthy Queues In UK
Electronic passport gates at British airports have now been opened to Australians so expect to skip those seriously long immigration lines.
The self-use terminals, similar to those here in Australia, use facial recognition to match the traveller with their official passport snap.
It means there is no need to come face-to-face with actual border officials.
Visitors aged 12 to 17 years old, and who are accompanied by an adult, are also able to use the ePassport games, as long their passport is electronically enabled.
But those younger or unaccompanied will still need to speak with an immigration officer.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the change will offer Aussie visitors a more "smooth" arrival.
“Our new global immigration and border system will improve security and fluidity for passengers coming to visit or work in the UK," he said in a statement.
“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.”
In more good news, the government is also removing the need for Australians to fill out those pesky landing cards.
More than 1.4 million Australian nationals landed in the U.K. in 2017.
It's hoped the new rules will give visitors a stress free start to their trip.