Business travel to UK will be easier from 15 new countries

The UK has plans to extent its Registered Traveller Service to allow easier access for business travellers from more countries. The service is intended to make repeat access to the UK easier.

E Passports expanded to 15 new countries
Business travellers and frequent visitors from 40 countries can now benefit from faster entry to the UK following the expansion of the Government’s Registered Traveller Service.

Increasing efficiency of business travel to the UK 

From the 5th of October, frequent travellers to the UK from 15 new countries are eligible to apply for membership of the service, which is aimed at improving trade and tourism links. The new countries to be covered by the service are Andorra, Bahamas, Botswana, Holy See (Vatican City), Macao, Maldives, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga and Trinidad & Tobago.They join countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan who are already benefitting from the service.Last month, the service – which had previously only been open to adults – was also expanded to the 0-17 year old dependants of members, which enables families’ to access the benefits of the service in order to travel more easily together.
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Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said, “Registered Traveller is one of the many ways in which the government is making it easier for businesses across the world to do business with the UK.“With over 81,000 members signed up to the service already, I look forward to watching the service grow in the future.”Registered Traveller allows approved members, who have undergone advanced security checks, faster entry at the UK border through access to the ePassport gates (if a holder of an ePassport) or the UK/EU passport lane.To be eligible to apply, passengers must hold an eligible passport and have a visa or have visited the UK at least four times in the past two years. More information and application forms can be found on the UK gov website.For related news and features, visit our Business Travel section.Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit provides free information, practical advice and support for HR, global mobility managers and global teams operating overseas.Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centreAccess hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory