As of today, 20 May, international visitors to the UK will no longer be required to complete landing cards before arrival.
Those travelling from outside the European Economic Area have previously been required to complete the cards, which details reasons for visiting and conditions of entry.
The move will “help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers,” said Border Force director general Paul Lincoln in a letter to staff, reports the BBC.
Travel trade association UKinbound has welcomed the Government’s decision to expend its initial plan to scrap landing cards for visitors from seven countries to now include passengers arriving from all over the world.
Joss Croft, CEO UKinbound said: “Any Government policy that helps to make arriving in the UK easier and more welcoming for international passengers can only benefit the tourism industry and the wider economy. We’re delighted that the Home Office has expanded its initial plan to scrap landing cards for visitors from seven countries to now include passengers arriving from all over the world. With the possible changes that BREXIT will bring, particularly to our borders, this decision signals that the UK remains open and eager to do business.”