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Thursday, June 18, 2015

UK Registered Traveller Service: Worth it?

I recently received an email from British Airways highlighting a new program they have in the UK called the Registered Traveller Service.  It sounds very similar to the U.S. Global Entry program, with promises of expedited security screening and no landing card requirement.  Here are the details:

We wanted to make you aware that, as a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the USA, the recently updated Registered Traveller Service https://www.gov.uk/registered-traveller offered by the UK Border Force could give you an easier and faster arrivals experience.
As a member of Registered Traveller, you could speed up your UK arrivals process. You will no longer need to complete a landing card and, better still, you will be able to use the UK/EU lanes and the UK ePassport gates with your biometric passport (where available). Later this year, 15 of the newest generation gates will be added at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Becoming a Registered Traveller is easier than ever before. You can apply online at https://www.gov.uk/registered-traveller . It costs £70 to apply to use the service for one year. If your application is unsuccessful, you'll get £50 back.

Currently the service is available at Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, and will be rolling out to more UK airports during 2015. For further information, click here

Is anyone else signed up for this?  Does it work well?  I chuckled when I saw that you only get 50 pounds back if you aren't approved...fees!

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