Registered Traveller Scheme
The Border Force has launched a new trial Registered Traveller Scheme. The scheme is open to visitors coming to the UK for a short stay who are citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan (see eligibility and criteria at www.gov.uk/registered-traveller-scheme). Initially, this will run as a free pilot scheme until 31 March 2014.
The good news is that Registered Travellers qualifying to take part will benefit from a quicker transaction at the border as they will not need to be processed through the normal passport desks. There will be a dedicated lane for Registered Travellers at both North and South Terminals.
If the trial is successful, from April 2014 Registered Travellers with a compatible biometric chipped passport will be able to use the electronic passport gates at Gatwick. There will be an annual membership charge and a fee for registering new passports and using this service.