UK Border Control will shortly be introducing a new airport border service. The Frequent Registered Traveller Scheme will be rolled out by the beginning of July 2013. It will allow business visitors to enter the United Kingdom using a priority route – that is, a 'fast lane' – when going through the border control.

The scheme will initially be a pilot programme and will be available only to business visitors who are nationals of the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan. Unfortunately, the scheme will not be available for migrants entering the United Kingdom under any other immigration category. The new scheme will be available only at international ports and Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Border Control will be releasing more information on registration procedures in due course, but it is understood that the business visitor must show that he or she has previously visited the United Kingdom as a business visitor at least four times within the previous 12 months. The business visitor will be required to register on a dedicated website and provide proof of his or her previous travel within 12 months of the date of registration. Once the applicant has been accepted on the scheme, he or she will receive email notification containing details of the acceptance. Although not yet finalised, it is understood that, on entry into the United Kingdom, applicants accepted on the scheme should show the email notification of their acceptance to the Border Control officers at the border checking stage. They will then be directed to use the fast lane at the appropriate border control.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email (idesousa@kingsleynapley.co.uk). The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at www.kingsleynapley.co.uk.