Q.53 In the past e gates couldn't be used by children - is this going to change? For families travelling together?
A. E-Passport gates were originally restricted to eligible passengers 18 years and over. However since 2016, children aged 12 to 17 and travelling with an adult can use ePassport gates at certain airport terminals. Children under the of 12 cannot use e-passport gates for safeguarding reasons. Those travelling with ID cards cannot use the eGates.
Q.52 We're hearing reports of EU citizens with settled status being asked to prove SS at the border with the confirmation code from the EUSS portal. Some transport providers are now telling passengers to get this code before travel. Was this not supposed to be automated?
A. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who have been granted digital status under the EUSS will not be routinely required to provide evidence of this at the UK border as status information will be checked automatically where the individual is travelling on a document which they used to apply to the EUSS or have registered on their UKVI account. Where an individual travels on a document which is not known to the Home Office, further checks will be conducted at the Primary Control Point to verify status.
Individuals should register all documents that they intend to use for travel purposes onto their UKVI account. A person with pre -settled status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme should continue to use their valid passport noting that from 1st October 2021t, ID cards will no longer be accepted for most EU nationals as a valid travel document except where the holder has applied to the EU Settlement Scheme or otherwise has protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements. EU nationals who do not hold pre-settled status or settled status can still travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. Further guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-as-an-eu-eea-or-swiss-citizen
Q.51 When will travel be possible for people fully vaccinated in the EU?
A. "The government is taking a phased approach to amending requirements and is already exploring plans to remove quarantine for vaccinated non-UK residents arriving from amber countries later this summer, where it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the Test to Release scheme scheme remains an option for non-fully vaccinated travelers returning from amber countries to shorten their quarantine period. The Transport Secretary has said that we want to welcome international visitors back to the UK and are working to extend our approach to vaccinated passengers from important markets and holiday destinations later this summer, such as the United States and the European Union.
See here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-07-08/debates/BA6E7D0C-D3DB-4AFC-9A23-53248DDB30B2/InternationalTravel#contribution-6EFCD0F9-A579-400B-A53C-1C62CF6A0842
Q.50 The EU is developing its equivalent of the single window - given that our trade is so intertwined will the joint committees under the Trade Agreement with the EU be used for ensuring that the systems are not completely developed in isolation and are effective in interacting?
A. We want to ensure that UK traders and passengers experience the benefits of advanced, interoperable borders worldwide. The 2025 Border Strategy set out our ambition to work with our international partners to make our border systems interoperable wherever this is practical and will support users.
Q.49 It sounds as if DAS is promising similar benefits to STW. Is DAS a first iteration of STW? If not, how are they related? Trust they're being joined up?
A. DAS is a similar concept to STW but the ambition for STW goes further than what will be achieved in DAS. All are working towards the same goal and are complimentary services.
Q.48 With regards to the CHIEG where can i find the link to the page for help with classification / license requirements?
A. Classification: The question 'What is the commodity code for your goods?' has a link to Ask HMRC for help classifying your goods. Licences: The page links for licence requirements are responsive and depend on the goods. After you've specified which country you're importing from and commodity code, the licence requirements and links are on the results page section 'Check licences, certificates and restrictions'.
Q.47 As this is guidance - will there be a service similar to a BTI/ATR available?
A. No, CHIEG is not a classification service. We have a link to HMRC guidance including how to apply for HMRC's binding classification service.
Q.46 Given you will now be effectively giving people a commodity code will this be accepted as HMRC giving
guidance that is binding on tariff classification?
A. CHIEG is not a classification service. It does not give people a commodity code and states in the service that 'you must use the right commodity code'. CHIEG signposts users to the Trade Tariff to look up their goods classification and also has a link to HMRC guidance if they need more help, including how to apply for HMRC's binding classification service.
Q.45 The CHIEG tool has much clearer descriptions for document codes (CDS Appendix 5A) - Could these
explanations be added to Appendix 5A for ease of understanding and reference?
A. Thank you for this suggestion, we will take this consideration to the HMRC - CDS team
Q.44 Will the portal help companies understand the rules of origin for the product entered onto it, if the UK has a trade agreement with the country of origin?
A. Rules of Origin is one of the areas of complexity for traders that user testing has identified, and we are therefore seeking to ensure our guidance service assists users to understand the requirements. We are working closely across departments to ensure that this and other complex areas are included in the guidance service.