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Australians travelling to the UK can now avoid airport queues by using automated ePassport gates.
The UK Government has announced Australians with biometric passports can use the gates, which use facial recognition technology to compare the passenger’s face to the digital image recorded in the passport.
Children aged 12 to 17 years old, who are accompanied by an adult, are also able to use them.
However, children aged 11 and younger, and their accompanying adult, cannot.
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UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Our new global immigration and border system will improve security and fluidity for passengers coming to visit or work in the UK.
“Expanding the use of ePassport gates is a key part of this and allows us to improve passenger experience arriving in the UK while keeping our border secure.
“I’m delighted that Australian nationals will benefit from their use and have a smooth beginning to their visit to our country.”
The UK is also removing landing cards for Australians.
A total of 1.4 million Aussies arrived in the UK in 2017.
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