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You have a French biometric passport

Methods of using PARAFE for holders of French biometric passports

No prior registration is necessary for holders of French biometric passports.

 The passengers line up at the entrance of the automated airlock gates which are located next to the border police manual control booths. Firstly, following instructions displayed in front of them, passengers insert their passport into a terminal at the entrance of the airlock gate. After data has been scanned and registration verifi ed, the airlock gate door opens automatically. Passengers then enter the airlock gate and place a fi ngerprint on the sensor, again following instructions.

A biometric inspection is then carried out. If authentication is positive, the airlock gate exit door opens, and passengers continue on their way.


Roll-over the pictograms to follow the steps.

Line up one by one at the entrance of the security airlock-style gate identified by the symbol below.
Insert your passport in the terminal per the on-screen instructions.
Walk into the gated area.
Place your finger on the scanner to exit the gated area and cross the border.



Biometric and non-biometric French passports


Le passeport biométrique français Biometric passport: since the end of June 2009, all passports issued in France have been biometric passports. These passports are equipped with a component that contains the data relating to civil status and the identity photo in digital format, as well as 2 finger prints. When the passport is requested, 8 fingers are fingerprinted, even though only the 2 most useful prints will be kept.
Le passeport électronique français Non-biometric passport: these are all of the passports issued before June 2009, which may or may not have an electronic component and that do not contain the finger prints of the holder.


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