How an Australian passport just became more powerful

Some predict there will be travel chaos at UK airports after Brexit if people are not moved through quicker

Some predict there will be travel chaos at UK airports after Brexit if people are not moved through quicker

It will be good news for Australian travellers who have previously endured long queues (apart from families with young children, who can not use the automated gates, and dual nationals who have already been able to switch to their United Kingdom passports).

Australian passport holders will be able to fast-track through British airports using e-passport gates.

"We'll open the use of ePassport gates at Heathrow and other airports, now only available to EEA nationals, to include visitors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan", Mr Hammond said.

"We'll open the use of ePassport gates at Heathrow and other airports, now only available to EEA nationals, to include visitors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan", Mr Hammond said.

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To date, only citizens from the UK, European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland with biometric passports have been able to use the e-passport lanes.

With more than 78 million travellers passing through a year ago alone, Heathrow Airport is recognised as Europe's busiest airport.

According to the BBC, Border Force missed its target of a 45-minute wait or less for 95 per cent of visitors from outside Europe for all but one day in July.

The Australian High Commission in London welcomed the news, saying "we've been working towards this for some time so it is great to see it announced".

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