If you’re leaving the UK, you will be checked
These are thorough inspections of every individual leaving the country. Everyone departing from Britain by airplane, ferry or train will have to present a passport as well as travelling documents.
According to the British government, the exit checks are there to prevent illegal immigration, while causing as little inconvenience as possible. Eurotunnel, the company managing the tunnel underneath the English Channel, assures that Eurostar travellers shouldn’t be worried about having to wait longer in queues.
With the help of these checks, the British want to ensure that visitors leave the country when they are supposed to. The programme should also provide the government with greater insight into immigration routes, and weaknesses in the system. In addition, the exit checks will aid the general battle against terrorism.
Inspections will be carried out by employees of the airline, train, or ferry companies concerned. Only 25% of departing travellers will be checked during the first month. As of mid-June this will become 100%. Arriving travellers will get the same treatment as always: they will all be checked. You can find more information on the exit checks on the British government website.