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Public call for opinion on ePassport gates

On Monday 10th August 2020, The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, announced a “call for evidence” on ePassport gates. This is the launch of a brand-new inspection into the operations and utilisation of ePassport Gates by the Home Office. Mr Bolt is now inviting individuals with any knowledge and experience of utilising ePassport Gates to submit their evidence to the department of Borders and Immigration in the UK.

“I am about to begin an inspection of the Home Office’s use of ePassport Gates and would like to invite anyone with relevant knowledge and experience to write to me with their evidence.” – David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders, and Immigration.

The purpose of this investigation is to observe the effectiveness of the operation of ePassport Gates and evaluate where improvements are necessary and appropriate. It will analyse the following points:

  • The easiness and efficiency of utilising ePassport Gates, including examining signage, queues, passenger assistance and other factors
  • The impact of extending the use of ePassport Gates back in 2015 and 2019 to individuals aged between 12 and 17 years old and to B5JSSK nationals (nationals from Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and the US)
  • The impact of stopping passport endorsements on arrival in the UK. This is mainly directed towards short-term students mistakenly using these ePassport Gates and individuals who are required to verify their immigration status
  • The ability of ePassport Gates to detect when there are attempts to evade passport control
  • The level of support granted to vulnerable travellers using ePassport Gates

Should individuals wish to make a submission, they have until 7th September to do so.

It is advised that individuals are aware of the ePassport Gates system before entering the UK. This is a modern technology utilised to verify and authenticate the identities of individuals arriving at the UK border, such as making facial biometric comparisons to an individual’s e-passport.

If you have any questions regarding the above information or if you seek to enter the UK and require immigration assistance, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.