Priti Patel will introduce US-style digital travel checks to ‘count people in and out’ of Britain

Priti Patel will introduce US-style digital travel checks which can ‘count people in and out’ of Britain to get a grip on borders and block entry of foreign criminals

  • Visitors coming to work, study and holiday in UK will need electronic documents
  • Home Secretary Priti Patel wants to introduce a US-style digital travel check
  • She has vowed to get a grip on UK’s borders and block criminals from entering

American-style digital travel checks are set to be introduced in the UK to ‘provide the ability to count people in and out’.

Visitors coming to work, study and holiday will need electronic documents, creating a ‘fully digital border’ by the end of 2025.

The plan will be unveiled tomorrow by Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has vowed to get a grip on borders and block the entry of foreign criminals.

Visitors coming to work, study and holiday will need electronic documents as part of plans by Home Secretary Priti Patel

Speaking ahead of the announcement, she said: ‘Security is at the very heart of our immigration strategy.

‘Our new fully digital border will provide the ability to count people in and out of the country, giving us control over who comes to the UK.’

It is expected there will be 30 million ‘electronic travel authorisation’ checks each year for visitors without a settled visa or immigration status.

The Government said it would streamline the system, making it easier for firms and those arriving ‘legally to contribute to our society and economy’.

Border Force officers are pictured checking passports of passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport

Border Force officers are pictured checking passports of passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport

Ms Patel will also set out how the immigration system needs ‘wholesale reforms’, including bringing people smugglers to justice and the quick removal of dangerous criminals.

Latest figures show a record 10,373 foreign criminals live in the UK.

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