Australians Can Now Enter the UK Through E-Passport Gates

With the introduction of e-gates in the UK for travelers from Australia, Australians will be cleared faster as they will no longer have to join long immigration queues when they arrive in the country. UK Introduces E-passport Gates for Australian Travellers Having a chipped passport is critical to using the electronic facility The British High Commission has confirmed that the use of electronic gates for visitors, so they can help themselves as long as they have a chipped passport. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary of the UK, expressed his delight over the availability of the facility for Australia as it would better their experience on their visit to Britain. In 2017, there were 1.7 million Australians whose passports were processed at UK ports. Australians visiting the UK can stay for six months without needing a visa. They simply need to visit as tourists. For travelers from 12 — 18 years of age, they must have an adult accompanying them to use the electronic gates. Those aged 11 and downwards are required to speak with an immigration officer. The Home Secretary, in his statement, boasted of the UK's leading position in the use of automatic facilities for passenger clearance. The UK has more provisions for these electronic facilities that accommodate more nationalities than any other country in the world. Australia happens to be one of the countries with the most powerful passports. This is based on the number of countries Australians can travel to without having first to obtain a visa. A passport index published by Henley and Partners revealed that the borders of 181 countries are open to Australians on a no-visa basis. The rankings were formerly at 183 but dropped this year to 181 which brought it to the 10th position with Iceland and New Zealand. Turkey, which used to have a visa-on-arrival policy for over 100 countries, introduced the e-visa in October 2018. This was one of the factors that affected Australia's passport rankings because Turkey's e-visas require travelers to apply for it before coming to the country. Stay connected to to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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