MP Rishi Sunak said the creation of a “world-leading border” is key to Britain’s newfound status as a global trading nation.
The current patchwork of tourist visa rules will be replaced with a single Electronic Travel Authorisation system.
Officials will start to roll out the scheme in 2023 and it’s set to be fully up and running by the end of 2025.
E-gates – managed by Border Force – allow travellers with biometric passports to pass through border control without a manual inspection.
There are currently approximately 270 e-gates across the UK which allow faster travel across the border.
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