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How Do I Become a Registered Traveller?

The Registered Traveller service allows frequent travellers to the UK to pass through the UK border and passport control quicker.

For more information about the Registered Traveller scheme, assistance with becoming a UK registered traveller, or for any other question or query related to travelling to the UK, reach out to one of our trusted immigration advisers on 0333 305 9375 or contact us online today.

Overview of the Registered Traveller Service

The Registered Traveller service is a scheme operated by the UK government that grants frequent travellers to the UK faster entry at some airports and train stations.

Members may use either the UK passport entry lanes, EU passport entry lanes or ePassport gates if they have a biometric or chipped passport. You’ll also need to carry your visa or biometric residence permit, if you have one.

Registered Travellers do not have to fill in a landing card, undergo interviews or have fingerprints taken as a visa holder when they travel to the UK.

Note that passport holders from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the United States are no longer eligible for the Registered Travellers service and may freely use ePassport gates.

Registered Traveller membership lasts for up to 12 months at a time, after which it can be renewed.

Whether you wish to register as a Registered Traveller or are looking for another route into the UK, IAS’s immigration lawyers can help. Take the first step in receiving assistance with your immigration case today by calling us on 0333 305 9375, or contact us online.

Who is Eligible for the Registered Traveller Service?

To be able to become a Registered Traveller, you must be 18 or older and have either:

  • Valid visa or entry clearance
  • Visited the UK at least 4 times in the last 24 months

Note that you must have entered the UK from another country for this to count. Passing through the UK on your way to another country does not count as having visited the UK.

You must also be an eligible passport holder from one of the following countries:

AndorraHong Kong (Special Administrative Region passports only)Papua New Guinea
ArgentinaIsraelParaguay
BahamasMacao Special Administrative RegionSamoa
BelizeMalaysiaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
BotswanaMaldivesSeychelles
BrazilMexicoTaiwan (if your passport has a personal ID number on the photo page)
BruneiMonacoTonga
ChileNamibiaTrinidad and Tobago
Costa RicaNauruUruguay
GuatemalaNicaraguaVatican City State
HondurasPanama

Where Can I Use the Registered Traveller Service?

Registered Travellers can benefit from faster entry into the UK at the following airports:

BirminghamGatwickManchester
BristolGlasgowSouthend
CardiffHeathrowStansted
East MidlandsLondon City
EdinburghLuton

In addition, Registered Travellers can use the service at the following Eurostar terminals:

  • Brussels
  • Lille
  • Paris

What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Registered Traveller?

As previously mentioned, the main benefit of the Registered Traveller scheme is the ability to pass through the UK border much faster than usual.

This may be especially useful for business travellers, particularly those who need to take frequent trips to the UK as part of their work and rely on fast passage through the border in order to prevent any delays from impacting their schedule.

Faster passage into the UK is assured with the removal of any interview, landing card or fingerprint requirements for travellers, which may help to ensure a consistently fast and hassle-free experience when passing through the UK border.

Non-business travellers may also benefit from using the Registered Traveller service, such as those who need to travel frequently to the UK for personal reasons and don’t wish to undergo the numerous required processes involved with crossing the UK border each time.

How Do I Apply to Become a Registered Traveller?

You must apply to become a Registered Traveller online on the gov.uk website.

To apply, you will need your passport number, passport expiry date and a credit or debit card to pay the fee.

Applying through the online form is very simple and should only take around 5-10 minutes.

Once you’ve applied, the UK government will conduct some background checks and will make a decision on your application within 10 working days.

If your application is accepted, the next time you travel to the UK you must go through the ‘other passports’ lane.

The immigration officer will check that you meet the criteria and tell you if you can become a member. Your 12 month membership will start on the day you submitted your application.

If you need additional assistance with your Registered Traveller application or with any other UK immigration application, IAS are here to help. Reach out to us today on 0333 305 9375 or contact us online for help from one of our expert advisers.

What Are the Fees and Processing Times?

It costs £70 to become a Registered Traveller for 12 months.

This includes a non-refundable £20 administration fee. If your application to become a Registered Traveller is declined, you will receive a £50 refund.

After the initial 12 month period, it will cost £50 to renew your membership for another year.

It will cost £20 if you get a new passport and need to update your details. Note that you will need to do this before you travel to the UK.

It won’t cost anything to update your details if your visa or immigration status changes.

Registered Traveller memberships are usually processed within 10 working days.

How Can I Renew or Update my Membership?

As previously mentioned, Registered Traveller membership lasts for up to 12 months at a time. Your membership will expire after this time if you don’t renew it before the expiry date.

You will normally be notified by the Home Office 28 days before your membership expires.

In order to renew or update your membership, you will need to visit the gov.uk website and sign in to the membership area with your Registered Traveller number and date of birth.

Here, you can do any of the following:

  • Select the option to renew your membership for another 12 months. This costs £50.
  • Update your passport details if you get a new passport. This costs £20.
  • Update your details if your immigration or visa status changes. There is no fee for this.

Note that if you need to renew your child’s membership, you will need to do so separately to yours.

Our friendly legal team are on hand to help with your UK immigration case. Take the first step and reach out to us today.

Can I Add Children to My Registered Traveller Membership?

Registered Traveller members can add children to their membership as long as they have 29 days or more remaining in it.

The child must also be 17 or under, have a passport from an eligible country, and have a UK visa or entry clearance, if they’re not applying as a visitor.

Your child’s membership will expire at the same time as yours. However, you will need to renew or update your and your child’s memberships separately.

Once you’ve added the child to your membership, they can also travel with their other parent as long as they’re also a member. Before they travel together, you’ll need to email the Home Office with full names and Registered Traveller numbers for:

  • You
  • Your child
  • Your child’s other parent

How Do I Apply to Add Children to My Membership?

You must apply online through the gov.uk website to add children to your membership. You will need your Registered Traveller number, child’s passport number and expiry date and a credit or debit card for this.

You will also need to apply and pay for each child separately.

If your application is successful, the first time you and your child travel to the UK you must both go through the ‘other passports’ lane together.

You may have to prove the relationship between you and any children travelling with you by providing:

  • A birth or adoption certificate showing your relationship to the child
  • A divorce or marriage certificate if you’re the parent but have a different surname to the child

The immigration officer will then confirm your child has been added to your membership.

hat are Fees and Processing Times for Children?

For each child that’s added to your membership, you will need to pay a membership fee of £2 a month, as well as a non-refundable £20 administration fee.

The membership fee is only payable for the duration of the validity of your membership. For example, if you have 5 months left on your membership, you will pay £10.

It will also cost £20 to update your child’s passport details if they get a new passport.

It won’t cost anything to update your child’s details if their visa or immigration status changes.

Adding a child to your Registered Traveller membership will usually be processed within 10 working days.

How Can IAS Help?

The Registered Traveller program is a useful way for people who need a faster and more convenient way to enter the UK on a more frequent basis. However, not everyone is eligible, and the background checks of the UK government may lead to you being disqualified.

For expert help and ease with the application process, contact us at IAS.

We are expert lawyers and legal advisers specialising in UK and international immigration. We have helped thousands of clients get to where they want to go, using our decades’ worth of experience in the legal and immigration sector to help inform the expert advice we give to our clients.

Whether you’re unsure of what you need to do to enter the UK, need help with applying for a visa on behalf of a loved one, or just need to talk to a legal professional regarding your case, we’re here to help.

We can also liaise with the Home Office and UK border services on your behalf to ensure that your application and eventual passage to the UK goes smoothly.

For more information about the services we offer and what we can do for you, contact us today on 0333 305 9375, or talk to us online today.

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