Trial of new biometric technology : Border passage based on facial recognition

Would you like to test the travel procedure of the future? At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, you can! We are conducting a biometrics trial at one of the border crossings. With biometric border crossing, your face becomes your travel document.

Our aim: just having to show your face when crossing the border. Our vision of the future: to have several checkpoints at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol where passengers can pass through smoothly using biometry. No need to even take your passport or boarding card out of your bag. You just have to register once.

Who can take part in the biometric border crossing trial?

Who can take part in the biometric border crossing trial? For our trial, we have installed a test set-up at the border from Schengen to non-Schengen. If you are passing through as a transfer passenger and are an EU resident over the age of 16, you may be asked if you would like to take part in the trial.

Crossing the border in three steps

It only takes around 5 minutes to participate: register, pass through the border and finally go through the test gate. Your face will be scanned on each occasion and your passport. We would very much appreciate your participation, as the data from the trial will allow us to improve the technology and the system. What's more, it also benefits you: if there are queues at the border at peak times, you will save time by passing through the test set-up.

Further information

Would you like to know more about how we will be handling your data, or do you have any other questions? Full information on the biometric border passage trial can be found here:


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The biometric border passage trial is part of seamless flow. Seamless flow is a programme which is being conducted in close cooperation by the chain partners the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Ministry of Defence, Customs, KLM and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Suppliers Vision-Box and Scarabee are also programme partners.