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U.K. Resident Desks at Immigration Control in the U.K.

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U.K. Resident Desks at Immigration Control in the U.K.

What a good idea !! About time too.
Separate queues for British citizens should be introduced at the border, UKIP said today.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2771098/UKIP-calls-British-border-queues-airports-ferry-term...

It works extremely well at Hong Kong International Airport, with Immigration Desks for HK Residents and eligible visitors only
I wouldn't call it a line, because in my experience there never is one !!
e-Channel service is even quicker...
http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/control/clearance.htm
However, even though the queues at such desks are usually non existent, the Baggage still takes the same time to arrive in the Baggage Hall !!
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Under the rules of the European Community I don't think that is possible
Aren't there already separate queues for European Community Members and some others (I can't remember the others but I am sure that the regular travellers will advise
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British and eu passport holders in one queue, another one for everyone else.
Delhi airport was quite nice as it had separate queues for business class travel at arrival and departure, so sailed through there.
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Fully agree with the OP.
On returning to Manchester we were in a queue for over 30 minutes before we got through the passport control and we were near the front of the queue so for those at the back it must have been at least an hour.
There was no queue for non residents who were through in minutes.
At every airport passport staff were much more friendly than the miserable bunch at Manchester  who were almost daring you by the look on their faces to complain about the long wait.
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Re: U.K. Resident Desks at Immigration Control in the U.K.

I find other countries airports much friendly both for departures and arrivals than the UK.
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Which airports in the UK though?
Luton = dire
Heathrow Terminal 5 = very good
Gatwick = good (a lot better than it was 5-10 years ago!)
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Why do you have to remove belts? I've asked this question at UK airports and get the answer it's obvious. In non UK airports they have a look at the belt and say that I don't have to remove it.
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Probably because most belts set off the metal detector and slow things down.
I can't recall the last time I wasn't asked to remove my belt and I've travelled about 20 times this year.
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Never set off the metal detectors in non UK airports but stand a 50% chance of setting them off in the UK.
When I queried what am I wearing to set them off I get very little response or told it's a random activation.
How I hate flying out of the UK  Angry
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I find other countries airports much friendly both for departures and arrivals than the UK.
Obviously never been through US Immigration in Orlando then! Smiley
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Been to 4 and a bit USA airports! The bit was USA immigration in a Canadian airport.
USA airports are probably worst than the UK.
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Yes, I've been to other US airports like Chicago and they were fine, it's just seems like the staff at Orlando ( where you'd expect them to be friendly for all the tourists! ) had all traces of friendliness & humour surgically removed. Smiley
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Back on topic...  Why should UK nationals have to wait in the same queue with nationals form 17+ other states just because some twerp in Brussels says it should be so?  Who runs this country?  Why have we allowed the EU to dictate how things as important as the control of OUR borders should be run.
It is barking mad that non-EU citizens should be able to enter our country quicker than can UK nationals.
Yes Manchester is really bad.
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Well you may get the opportunity to do something about that in May 2015.
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Re: U.K. Resident Desks at Immigration Control in the U.K.

Quote from: gleneagles
...On returning to Manchester we were in a queue for over 30 minutes before we got through the passport control...

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...Yes Manchester is really bad.

Out of interest which terminal?  I've been through Manchester once or twice most months for last 18 months or so, and have never waited more than 5 mins.  My trips have always been through either terminal 1 or 3.
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