It is now faster to enter Germany using the EasyPASS at Berlin Tegel Airport. The German Federal Police began operating four “eGates” which gives an option to travelers entering Germany to use the EasyPASS automatic border control system to pass border controls more simply and quickly. Use of the eGates is voluntary and free of charge.
As the passenger traffic to country increases, the electronic control system reduces waiting times and improves the border control process and eases the burden on the Federal Police officers on duty.
Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland who wish to use EasyPASS require an electronic passport. German citizens can furthermore use the new German identity card. Use of EasyPASS in any case requires that the passenger be of full age.
After the document has been scanned at the entrance to the gate and its authenticity checked, the system then compares the live image of the person taken within the gateway with the photograph that is stored on the chip. If the person’s identity is confirmed and if there is no information on record of relevance to the police, the gate opens. The border controls have thus been implemented, and the passenger can enter the country. No personal data is stored in the process.