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Registered Traveller scheme broadens as Global Entry opens

The US Global Entry scheme, which allows citizens easier clearance at the US border, is now open to British citizens for the first time.

Once you are in the scheme, you do not need to see a US officer or complete a paper Customs declaration form. Two fees are involved – one of £42 to the Home Office, and another of $100 to US Customs and Border Protection. The final element is an interview with an officer, which must take place in the US.

Making it easier for more non-British citizens to come to the UK, the Government’s Registered Traveller scheme is now open to passport-holders from Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

This means those who successfully apply can use the UK or EU entry lanes and, with a biometric passport, egates at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City airports among others nationally. Registered Travellers can also use the Eurostar terminals at Paris, Brussels and Lille without filling in a landing card.

You can also use Registered Traveller as a US, Australian, Canadian, Japanese or New Zealand citizen.

More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/registered-traveller including details of the fee structure (£70 for the first year).

Members who would like more information on how to promote the scheme to staff should contact Richard Dilks, rdilks@londonfirst.co.uk

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