Guide: Clear immigration at Dubai airport in 5 seconds
Published on February 22, 2021 at 18.53
New biometric systems deployed at 122 smart gates at arrival and departure terminals.
Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) has launched a new fast-track passport control service that uses face and iris-recognition technologies.
New biometric systems deployed at 122 smart gates at arrival and departure terminals at Dubai Airports enable passengers to complete passport control procedures in five to nine seconds.
Here is a step-by-step guide to using the service.
Step 1, check-in:
Register on the smart tunnel system.
Step 2, immigration:
Passengers who have ‘Smart Tunnel’ printed on their boarding passes can walk through the smart tunnel by showing their face to the camera.
Non-registered users can continue to use their Emirates IDs or passports at the smart gates. While smart gates have access doors at the front and back of the terminal, the smart tunnel is a long pathway fitted with a biometric scanner.
Step 3, access to lounge facilities:
First and business class passengers can use the lounge facilities with the biometric service.
Step 4, final boarding:
Passengers can use the same mechanism at the boarding gates without the need to show their travel documents.