Landing card

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A landing card is an arrival card form that non-EEA citizens are required to complete on entry to the United Kingdom. The traveler must present the completed form at the UK Border Agency immigration desk at the point of entry. The form is usually supplied by the airline, train or ferry company.[1]

In the UK, the landing card system is governed by the Immigration Act 1971, schedule 2 paragraph 5, which states;[2]


The Secretary of State decides, by issuing a Statutory Instrument, which nationalities must complete a landing card. Currently all EU nationals, and those from Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, are exempt. Failure to complete a landing card when this is required is a crime punishable by a fine or six months in prison.[6]

In August 2017, the UK Home Office announced that landing cards will be completely scrapped as part of digital border transformation and modernisation. It was expected this change would come into effect by the autumn, [7] but as of August 2018, they are still required on entry to the UK.

UKVI officers staff the UK border at London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5, where Landing cards are turned in

Information on the card[edit]

Typically the information requested on the card includes:

  • Full name (family name and first name)
  • Sex
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Passport number, place of issuance and expiry date
  • Flight number or name of aircraft, ship or vehicle
  • Duration of stay
  • Port of last departure
  • Contact address in UK

Travelers are required to sign, and declare the information is true, correct, and complete. [8] [9] [10]

See also[edit]