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Registered Traveller - Know Before You Go

Registered Traveller

Find out all about the Registered Traveller service, how to apply to become a Registered Traveller and where you can use it.

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What is a Registered Traveller?

Registered Traveller is an expedited passport control membership scheme for foreign travellers who regularly enter the UK. Pre-approved Registered Traveller members are given access to the UK/EU self-service ePassport gates and avoid the long queues at non-UK/EU passport control.

Who is eligible to be a Registered Traveller?

To apply for Registered Traveller you must:

  • Be a passport holder of one of the following countries:
  • Africa: Botswana, Namibia, Seychelles
  • Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St.Vincent, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay
  • Asia: Brunei, Hong Kong, Israel, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Taiwan
  • Europe: Andorra, Vatican City, Monaco,
  • Oceania: Nauru, Samoa, Tonga
  • Oceania: Nauru, Samoa, Tonga
  • 18 years or older
  • Have a UK visa or entry clearance
  • Have entered the UK four times or more in the last 24 months

Registered Traveller is no longer taking applications for the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. This is because travellers from these countries no longer require Registered Travellers to use the ePassport gates in the UK.

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What's the process of using Registered Traveller?

Once you're an approved member of Registered Traveller, you can use the ePassport Gates found at any of the participating UK airports. As well as the EU/EEA queue at other UK borders.

If you have one, you'll still need to carry your biometric residence permit if you're a Registered Traveller.

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Do I have to sign-up to use Registered Traveller?

Yes, you do have to sign up to use Registered Traveller. All travellers will undergo rigorous background checks and must be pre-approved by the UK government.

Travellers can apply by filling out the Registered Traveller online application form. All applications cost £70 for the first year and £50 for every year its renewed. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a £50 refund.

Travellers can expect to hear if their application is successful within 5–10 working days.

If accepted, you'll become a provisional member of Registered Traveller. To complete your membership, the next time you enter the UK use the 'Other passports' lane at passport control. The officer at passport control will complete your membership when they process your arrival.

Where is Registered Traveller available?

Registered Traveler is available in the following UK airports or border points:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff International
  • East Midlands
  • Edinburgh
  • Gatwick
  • Glasgow
  • Heathrow
  • London City
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Paris, Brussels and Lile (Rail stations)
  • Southend
  • Stansted

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Registered Traveller FAQs

Who can use Registered Traveller?

Registered Traveller can be used by foreign travellers entering the UK who are 18 years or older, have entered the UK at least four times in the last 24 months and hold a valid visa or entry clearance.

In addition to this, the traveller must own a passport from one of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Vatican City State, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Samoa, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.

Is Registered Traveller free to use?

No, to become a Registered Traveller member, you must pay £70 GBP for the first year and £50 GBP for any subsequent year that you renew your membership.

How do I renew my Registered Traveller membership?

28 days before your membership expires, you'll receive an email from with details on how to renew your Registered Traveller membership.

Is Registered Traveller quicker?

Yes, Registered Traveller gives you access to ePassport gates at EU/EEA lanes at participating airports and UK borders. This is significantly quicker than waiting in the long queues at non-UK/EU passport and border control.