ePassport Entry Into U.K. Now Available For Eligible Canadians
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Canada is one of seven countries now eligible to use ePassport gates to enter the U.K.
Canadian nationals aged 18 and over, and who are travelling using a biometric or ‘chipped’ passport, will be able to use the automated e-passport gates. Visitors aged 12 to 17-years-old, and who are accompanied by an adult, are also able to use them.
The expansion of the ePassport gate eligibility aims to significantly reduce lines and improve the flow of passengers, as well as the overall experience at the U.K. border.
"We aim to provide a world-class experience for the millions of Canadian visitors who travel to the UK every year, and we are thrilled this new process will allow travellers even more time to explore on the ground," said VisitBritain Executive Vice President, Americas Gavin Landry.
"The new eGate access for eligible travellers boosts our competitive tourism offer and our message of welcome, building on the growth we have seen and inspiring even more visitors from Canada to book a trip to the U.K. right now."
VisitBritain is expecting 897,000 visits from Canada this year, up 6% on the previous year with Canadian visitors forecast to spend £676 million (CAD$1.2 billion), up 8%.
Forward flight bookings from North America to the U.K. are currently tracking ahead 8% for arrivals from MAY to JUL this year compared to the same period last year.
The exemption was previously only available to nationals from the U.K. and the E.U.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.