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Immigration changes could deter Scottish cruise visits – www.travelweekly.co.uk

 

BUREAUCRATS should not be allowed to wreck this fledgling industry so important to the Scottish economy. Government do your jobs and sort this out quickly !!

Cruise ships could be deterred from stopping in Scotland due to changes to the system of immigration checks for passengers, an industry body fears.The UK Border Force previously cleared cruise ships in advance, on the basis of passenger and crew manifests.But now passengers must have documents checked, face to face, at the first UK port of call.Although the rules have not changed, the UK Border Force is said to have changed its interpretation of them, the BBC reported.Cruise Scotland, which promotes Scottish ports as a destination, warned the changes could damage the industry.Cruise ships are said to have brought 379,955 people to Scotland last year, up 19% on 2011, and the industry is estimated to contribute £41.2 million to the Scottish economy.

via Immigration changes could deter Scottish cruise visits – www.travelweekly.co.uk.

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