The UK Border Force has created a free digital service to enable electronic – ie, online – submission of General Aviation Reports (GARs). It is requesting UK pilots to take advantage of the system and provide feedback to enable ‘fine-tuning’.
General Aviation Reports (GARs) provide Police and Border Force with information about individuals on board and enable authorities to ensure security of the UK border.
All General Aviation pilots, operators and owners are required to submit GARs to advise UK authorities of their expected journey for all inbound flights and currently outbound flights to non-EU countries and the Common Travel Area.
The new eGAR sysytem has been designed to make the GAR submission process as streamlined as possible, removing the need for pilots and operators to email or fax documents to Border Force and Police.
To register and submit a GAR online, please visit www.gov.uk/submit-gar
Once you have registered, you will be able to:
- Submit GARs online quickly and easily
- Upload supporting documents, to help make travelling through the UK border even easier
- Manage all your GARs from a single platform
- Save your previous details, making submitting future GARs even quicker
- Create draft GARs for future travel
- Receive confirmation of GAR submission.
Pilots, operators and owners can submit GARs as far in advance of their journey as required and the deadline for doing so should still adhere to current submission timings. These can be found on GOV.UK.
Once GARs have been submitted, they are received by Border Force and Police. Users will receive a transmission reference number for their report submission.
The ‘Submit a GAR’ service is currently in its infancy and developers are continuing to undertake research and collate feedback to consider future improvements where possible and to enhance the user experience. Feedback about this service will help Border Force gather the data they need to keep the UK border secure.
The system has been designed with security of users and data in mind, with a two-factor authentication process when logging in, to ensure that personal information entered by users is protected.
Users are encouraged to leave feedback on the service via a link found at the top of the initial registration homepage.