Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:07 pm #1796333
Flyingfemme wrote:But I had no hard proof of what I had submitted - only a receipt number, which could have been anything.
I've rather given up with the various 'easy' ways to do it. Nowadays (well, prior to lock-down) I fill in the excel-based sheet and just email it to the Border Force. That way I know it's done and it's easy to be able to show that it's done.
Mind you, in at least 50% of cases in the last 5 years or so I have still had to go through the following pantomine upon landing:
Tower, "Welcome back. Please phone Border Force urgently"
Border Force (by phone), "We see that you've just flown in from [wherever]. Why haven't you sent us a GAR?"
Me, "I did"
Border Force, "Well, we didn't get it"
Me, "Well, I was emailed to you at [whatever] time."
Border Force, after a pause, "Ah yes, here it is. Sorry."
It's literally the same conversation. They are always perfectly friendly and civil and I guess they have a lot to do, but each time I've had the impression of someone leafing through an over-flowing in-tray covered in coffee cups.