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British government: Avoid flying to UK on Thursday

Public sector strikes mean lengthy delays likely at passport control.
Passengers arriving in the UK on Thursday face long waits at passport control (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images).
Passengers arriving in the UK on Thursday face long waits at passport control (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images).

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Anyone planning to travel to the UK on Thursday (June 30) is advised to avoid doing so by the British government.

A strike planned by public sector workers could mean lengthy delays at passport control, according to government officials.

A statement on the UK Border Agency web site says: “People travelling into the UK may experience delays at border control. The impact of the strike will be different at individual ports, airports and international rail terminals. We have put contingency plans in place and will work hard to keep delays to a minimum.”

Thursday is likely to be a peak travel day for Gulf-based UK citizens, as many schools here finish their academic year on Wednesday (June 29).

Virgin Atlantic, which flies between London and Dubai, has posted the following advice: “The airport authorities are asking customers to help reduce the waiting time by having travel documents, including passports, available and taken out of any wallets. EU citizens who have an e-passport should use the automatic gates as they may provide a quicker option.”

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