Frequent fliers who are registered for Iris Recognitions Immigration System (IRIS) can use the automated IRIS barriers where they are installed at selected UK airport terminals. These barriers can be found in the immigration arrival halls. How do you use IRIS to enter the UK?
Where Are IRIS Barriers Located?
If you are flying into Heathrow, IRIS barriers are located at each of the 5 terminals at passport control. Follow the signs for the IRIS barriers when you enter the immigration arrival halls. Where there is installation work taking place at Heathrow, there could be temporary closures of IRIS barriers. Look for signs of closure as you make your way to the immigration arrival halls.
IRIS barriers are also located at terminal 1 and 2 at Manchester, and at Gatwick’s north terminal. Birmingham terminal 1 has an IRIS barrier to the left of passport control.
When you enter the IRIS barrier carrying bags or a trolley, make sure you keep them close to your body as you pass through. When you enter the barrier, do not move. Movement disrupts the sensors and they will not be able to light up the correct IRIS camera that you will need to look into before you carry on with your onward journey.
Are Passports Stamped?
IRIS is an automated arrivals barrier, which means your passport will not be stamped as you enter. However, if you require a stamp in your passport, you will need to pass through passport control so that you can receive the necessary stamp.
According to the UK Border Agency, once the IRIS camera lights up, you are free to use it as many times as needed until you are able to pass through the barrier successfully. You can stop the scan at any time by pressing the green button on the left of the IRIS camera. The entry doors will then open, allowing you to leave. Once you leave, you will be expected to show your passport to the border force officer and enter the UK in the normal way.
Passengers who wear ordinary corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will not be required to remove these are they pass through the IRIS barrier. However, sunglasses must be removed, as well as coloured or patterned contact lenses.
IRIS barriers allow registered users to enter the UK at selected airports across the country quickly and efficiently without having to wait in a queue as they approach passport control. The system is fully automated with your personal data stored, which means you will not need to show your passport or have your passport stamped.
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