A landing card is an arrival card form that non-EEA citizens are required to complete on entry to the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. 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.
|“||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.
In August 2017, the UK Home Office announced that landing cards will be completely scrapped as part of digital border transformation and modernisation. It is expected this change will come into effect by the autumn. 
Information on the card
Typically the information requested on the card includes:
- Full name (family name and first name)
- Date and place of birth
- 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
- Immigration Act 1971
- Visa policy of the United Kingdom
- Arrival card, similar forms in other countries
- Customs declaration
- UK, gov.uk, Entering the UK
- International scholarship guide, 7 Things to do before your planes lands and once you alight at a UK International Airport
- Children & Immigration By Jeremy Rosenblatt, Ian Lewis, page 88
- Immigration Law Handbook, 2013, By Margaret Phelan, James Gillespie, page 50
- parliament.uk, Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, 172.6
- travel.stackexchange.com, Why is a landing card required at UK border control?
- Outdated landing cards to be withdrawn as part of digital border transformation
- UK Landing Card, pic
- UK Landing Card, pic
- go2london.co.uk, Do you need a Visa to go to London?
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