Frontex testing the future of border checks at Lisbon airport


If you’re passing through the Lisbon airport this month, you could experience the future of border control as you leave the European Union. Instead of standing in queue to show your passport to border guard, travellers are able to cross the border almost seamlessly thanks to face recognition and touchless scanning of fingerprints.

We call this “Biometrics on the Move” technology and in the coming days, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will be testing it together with Border Service of Portugal (SEF) and the Lisbon Airport Authority (ANA).

Biometrics on the Move will make it easier for travellers to quickly pass through border checks without even taking out their passport or other documents. It is part of our mission to make crossing the border easier and more secure at the same time.

This technology will give border guards more time to conduct systematic and efficient security checks without affecting regular travellers, increasing security at the borders.

The trial at the Lisbon airport, which covers EU citizens leaving the Schengen Area, will test whether biometric solutions can decrease the waiting time at the borders.

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