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Frequently asked questions

  • 6Can passengers register online ?

    No. They must go in person, with a valid passport, and have their fingerprints taken.

  • 7What information is required at registration ?

    Passengers must go in person with their passport. Information taken relates to the passenger’s identity, such as surname, place of birth and nationality. Fingerprints are also taken. This system also includes information relating to automated processing of passports, such as the registration number, type and expiry date. This information is kept for 5 years from the date of registration.

  • 8Can passengers be refused registration on the PARAFE system ?

    Yes, for technical reasons, if the passport is not legible or valid or because the person is listed on an investigation database.

  • 9What is a passport with a machine-readable strip ?

    A machine-readable strip, called a MRZ strip (Machine Readable Zone) is made up of alphanumeric characters with the type of document, personal data (civil status) and which has a secure encryption code. It is similar to a bar code to enable scanning, but has different characters according to the ountry of origin, due to the different codes used.

  • 10What is a biometric passport ?


    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.


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