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Trial of automated border control gates for immigration purposes at Dublin Airport

Date Published: 15-05-2013

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD has announced a six month trial period for automated border control gates (e-gates) at Terminal One in Dublin Airport. 

Certain passport holders (Irish, EU, EEA and Swiss passengers over 18 years of age) will not be required to present to an Immigration Officer and will instead have a ‘self-service’ channel with which to clear immigration control.

Passport holders will have the picture on their passport verified electronically to ensure that the person using the passport is the person to whom it was issued. The Department of Justice and Equality stated that in time they hope e-gates will speed up immigration clearance for tourists and travellers as well as strengthening border security by preventing illegal entry to Ireland on false travel documents.

The e-gates are being operated under the supervision of immigration officers of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service deployed at the airport as part of the civilianisation programme to transfer certain immigration control functions from An Garda Síochána.

For more information:

See Department of Justice and Equality Press Release

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