UK Minister Explains "Registered Traveler" Scheme

By Editorial 10 October, 2013

The UK's Minister for Immigration, Mark Harper MP, has explained details of a new "registered traveller" scheme by which "high-value, regular" travellers to the UK from certain countries will be given expedited clearances at border controls, starting with Heathrow and Gatwick airports and in due course at other ports.

The scheme is open to individuals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA who have traveled to the UK four or more times as a short-term visitor within a preceding 52-week period. However, applicants are initially restricted to individuals registered on the Iris Recognition Immigration System, which Harper says will be decommissioned before the end of the year. Those wishing to apply should submit passport information at a designated website, which will allow Border Force to undertake background checks prior to their next arrival in the UK.

Harper explained in a written statement to Parliament that he had introduced the arrangement in accordance with the nationality exception contained in the Equality Act 2010, and that the eligible nationalities would be reviewed by the Home Office on a regular basis. He added that the scheme is currently operating in a "proof of concept" phase, and that it is intended to become permanent from April 1, 2014. There will also be an annual charge for the service from that time.

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