Passengers from the U.S. and Canada are among seven countries who can now use e-Passport gates easing and speeding entry into the UK.
The expansion of the e-Passport program in the UK is designed to significantly reduce immigration lines and improve the flow of passengers that had previously only been available to nationals from the UK and the EU.
e-Passports contain an electronic chip that holds the same information printed on the passport’s data page including the holder’s name, date of birth, and a digital photograph of the holder.
Individuals with an e-Passport can go through the automated gates, which have their own lanes labeled with the e-Passport symbol. Once at the gates, travelers simply place their passport on the sensor at the barrier for scanning.
There are currently 264 e-Passport gates in operation at 15 air and rail terminals in the UK. In addition to US & Canadian citizens, visitors from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea are now eligible to use these new entry elements.
For more information please visit:
United States citizen – https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/e-passport.html
Canadian citizen – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/help-centre/e-passport.html