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PARAFE Border Gates in France Work With German and Belgian Passports - Perhaps More

PARAFE Border Gates in France Work With German and Belgian Passports - Perhaps More

Old Jun 19, 18, 12:36 pm
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PARAFE Border Gates in France Work With German and Belgian Passports - Perhaps More

If you look at the website for the PARAFE program in France (French automated border gates) it states that only French biometric passports work without pre-registration (Crossing borders - Paris Aéroport).

On a recent trip to CDG, Air France was showing a video that stated that German and Belgian passports worked as well. A member of my party had a German passport, tried it in the PARAFE gate upon arrival, and it worked.

The PARAFE gates are different than the automated border gates seen at other European airports in that they don't work based on facial recognition - but, instead, they work based on fingerprints. German passports (and presumably French and Belgian passports), have encrypted fingerprint images on the chip. So presumably PARAFE could work with any European passport where the passport issuing country has shared information allowing the French authorities to access the fingerprints on the chip.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 11:34 am
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PARAFE is now biometric and works with all euro biometric passports. See this for LYS.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 11:43 am
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PARAFE is now biometric and works with all euro biometric passports. See this for LYS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ntRG1CRUeY
Are these different machines? The old machines only looked at fingerprints, not faces.

Also, will this mean longer waits? The universe of people that could go through before this change to facial recognition was much smaller.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 12:06 pm
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Are these different machines? The old machines only looked at fingerprints, not faces.

Also, will this mean longer waits? The universe of people that could go through before this change to facial recognition was much smaller.
It seems they are new. The statement from LYS, in French: Le préfet délégué David CLAVIÈRE et notre Président T. Bertolus inaugure nos SAS PARAFE à reconnaissance faciale. Ce nouvel équipement permet aux passagers détenteurs d'un passeport biométrique de passer 5fois + rapidement le contrôle frontière.

We'll see how it goes. I don't have any flights planned for LYS in the immediate future, but someone will surely report.
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