July 17, 2024

Facial recognition to replace passports at UK border

Passengers arriving into the UK will not be required to show their passports in the future, according to a report from The Times.

Plans to install smart eGates with advanced facial recognition are underway, with trials of the new technology slated for this year. 

It means passengers will enter the UK by simply looking into a camera. 

Phil Douglas, Director General of Border Force at the Home Office, is looking to create an “intelligent border” with “much more frictionless facial recognition than we currently do”.

Trials of the new technology will be followed by the “launch of a full procurement process for new gates”. 

Dubai and Australia have already deployed similar technology. 

The move comes after the EU’s announcement for British travellers to scan their fingerprints and have their image captured next autumn.