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US Passport Updates for 2019
There are two developments for US Passport Holders who have UK connections next year - the US Embassy has recently made renewing your US Passport simpler, whilst the UK Government announced expedited entry to the UK for US Citizens
In the last few weeks, two announcements have been made which will hopefully make life that little bit easier for Americans in the UK.
US Embassy announces easier Passport Renewal Options
Renewing a US Passport by mail via the American Embassy in London is set to be made easier. Renewals by mail can now be paid for by Postal Money Order or Bank Draft, in either Pound Sterling (GBP) or US Dollars (USD).
Check out the below video with Karen Ogle (Consul General at the US Embassy) for a quick explanation, or go to https://uk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-passports/how-to-renew-a-passport/fees/ for more details on this new method of renewing your passport.
UK Government announces expedited entry to the UK for US Citizens
More good news for Americans who regularly fly in and out of the UK, British Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to allow US Citizens to use ePassport gates at UK airports in 2019. The gates, normally reserved for EU and UK citizens, will be opened to citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - the 'Five Eyes' countries which have a long standing intelligence agreement. Whilst the US Embassy is making it easier to renew your Passport, you'll hopefully find in 2019 that it's also easier to use your Passport!
You can find more details on the UK's Registered Traveller Service via https://www.faster-uk-entry.service.gov.uk