The new passport checking system for all passengers leaving the UK is going smoothly as per reports. The system went live at 6 a.m. on April 8, and no delay has been reported in most of the terminals of the UK.
The passport check was implemented to record details of travelers leaving by sea, rail transport and commercial areas. The P&O Ferries’ terminal located in Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal located in Folkeston reported zero queues and no delay, according to BBC.
John Keefe, public affairs director of Eurotunnel, told BBC Radio 4 that they are expecting a growth of 20-25% passengers in the next 5 years, and there will be around 30% extra truck traffic. In such scenario, the check will provide a clearer picture for the UK government.
Currently, only 25% of passports are fully checked. The number is expected to increase to 50% in the month of May and 100% in the middle of June. However, all passports will be scanned, while data will be collected at the border. The collected data will then be handed over to the home office.
The new UK passport check was initiated by the government to fight with illegal immigrations that happen through cross-channel ferries and other transportation methods. The government has already mentioned that disruption will be minimum, and the expectation was found to be true.