About Border Force

Find out about the work of Border Force and what we do to protect the UK borders.

We work to secure the UK border and protect the UK from terrorism, crime, revenue fraud and immigration abuse, whilst supporting economic growth by facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

We do this by:

  • checking the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK
  • searching baggage, vehicles and cargo for illicit goods or illegal immigrants
  • gathering intelligence and alerting the police and security services to people of interest

About us

Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office.


Border Force officers work 24/7 at 138 air and sea ports across the UK and overseas.

Ministers and management team

Our Minister of State is the Rt Hon Mark Harper.

Sir Charles Montgomery is the Director General of Border Force, read his biography.

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