The UK is adding Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the USA and Canada to the list of passports which can use its automated e-gates on arrival
Those are the same fast-track channels currently enjoyed by holders of UK and EU passports (and the broader European Economic Area), along with frequent visitors who have signed up for the paid Registered Traveller scheme.
However, as of June 2019, the e-gates will be flung open to far more travellers, which should mean a quick step through immigration instead of dawdling in queues at the manual checkpoints.
No special registration will be needed: just slide your ePassport (with an embedded smartchip) into the e-gate, step forward, smile for the camera and you'll be on your way.
You also won't need to fill out a UK landing card, those are also being abolished.
"The expanded access to ePassport gates and the withdrawal of landing cards is part of our work to transform the UK’s border, providing a quicker, seamless experience for passengers that is built around digital systems," said UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes.
The eGates can be used at all UK international airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh, along with the Paris and Brussels Eurostar terminals.