The Home Office's Registered Traveller Service is out of beta and fully live. After using this new quick and easy service, frequent visitors from the US, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and Australia are able to enter the UK more quickly and easily. Here's a short film we've made about it.
In a nutshell, the service lets users apply to become a Registered Traveller. It takes about 5 minutes. Once registered, users:
- don't have to fill in landing cards
- may use faster European Economic Area (EEA) border queues
- may use ePassport gates at participating UK international ports if they have a biometric passport
Making life easier for business travellers helps to keep the UK competitive. And by allowing travellers that have undergone detailed advance checks to use ePassport gates, Border Force airport staff are able to devote more time to other priorities.
The Registered Traveller Service is currently for travellers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States of America.
If you're interested in the development of the service, here's a blog post by Mike Bracken on how the development team was able to reuse code from another Home Office project, Visit Visa: How sharing helps us improve digital services.