Britain extends e-gate entry to 11 countries, including Singapore

The crowd at the check in desks of London's Heathrow Terminal 5.
The crowd at the check in desks of London's Heathrow Terminal 5. PHOTO: REUTERS

Singaporeans can now use automated e-passport gates at 15 airports across Britain, bypassing lengthy queues at border controls.

The service, previously offered only to British and EU nationals, was extended to Singapore passport holders yesterday, along with citizens of 10 other countries including Australia, Japan and the United States.

The move, first announced last December, came after Heathrow Airport called for the UK government to allow "low-risk" passengers to use e-gates, citing lengthy delays to clear immigration.

An additional 6.5 million passengers are expected to use an automated route into Britain annually as a result.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'Britain extends e-gate entry to 11 countries, including S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe