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A landing card is a form that non-EEA citizens are required to complete on entry to the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. The traveller must present the completed form at the immigration desk at the point of entry. The form is usually supplied by the airline, train or ferry company.
In the UK, the landing card system is governed by the Immigration Act 1971, schedule 2 paragraph 5, which states;
|“||The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make provision for requiring passengers disembarking or embarking in the United Kingdom, or any class of such passengers, to produce to an immigration officer, if so required, landing or embarkation cards in such form as the Secretary of State may direct, and for requiring the owners or agents of ships and aircraft to supply such cards to those passengers.||”|
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.
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