Entering the UK

Some students should NOT use the eGates when arriving in the UK. Please make sure you read this information to make sure you know what to do.

From summer 2019 more travellers will be able to use eGates on arrival in the UK at 15 major airports (including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Heathrow airports) and Eurostar terminals. 

EGates use facial recognition technology to check your identity against the photo in your passport and therefore the arrival process should be much quicker. 

In addition to UK, EU and EEA nationals who can already use eGates, from the launch date, nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America will also be able to use the eGates.  

Please however note the following important points:
  • You cannot use eGates if you are travelling with children under 12
  • You cannot use eGates if you are using a national ID card or passport which does not have a biometric chip
  • You cannot use eGates if you are coming to the UK as a short-term student (coming for up to six months) and you need a stamp in your passport as you have not applied for entry clearance (a visa) before leaving your home country