Face recognition for Monegasques at borders

Holders of a Monegasque passport are now able to cross borders fast and independently thanks to new biometric technology using facial recognition.

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The General Secretariat of the Government is reminding passport holders that since March they are able to use PARAFE, a new passport verification program.

It provides automated self-service gates operated by the French border police and are located at immigration checkpoints in arrival and departure halls in Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Nice airports, as well as Eurostar terminals at Gare du Nord and Saint-Pancras.

The new eGates will require facial authentication. Passports and boarding passes are also necessary to pass through the barrier.

Minors aged 12 to 17 can also use the gates at certain arrival controls, but never on departure because the French authorities have strict rules about unaccompanied minors leaving the country.

The first generation of PARAFE eGates used fingerprint technology to verify the identity of the passenger and was introduced in 2010.