EU tourists could soon have to apply for ‘permission to travel’ before entering the UK

The UK is planning to implement “contactless” border crossings in UK airports from 2024, according to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

So what does this mean? It will allow some passengers to enter the country without using an electronic passport gate or speaking to a Border Force officer. Instead, they may have to upload a photo of themselves and submit it to the Home Office before they travel.

The scheme is intended to reduce queues at the border, “helping to speed up legitimate journeys to the UK”.

Travellers will undergo “pre-screening” says the government, allowing them to be “identified at the border using the latest technology.”

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