Monday, May 14, 2018

E-Gates to give immigration clearance in seconds to citizens of select countries

New Delhi: Come January 2019, low-risk foreign travellers will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters as the Government plans to install special automated kiosks for speedy document and identity verification.

Low-risk travellers from select countries from January 2019 can enter India without standing in long queues at immigration counters as the Government has plans to install these automated kiosks, officials said today.

These kiosks will ensure smooth entry of foreigners in seconds after verification of antecedents, they said.

Low-risk travellers are people who do not have any criminal or financial cases levelled against them.

Electronic gates or e-Gates will be put in place at the arrival wing of international airports where foreigners can present their machine-readable passports, place their fingerprints on the scanner for verification and complete a customs declaration.

Without any human intervention, e-cameras will clear the travellers who present approved biometric. They can then go straight to the baggage claim area after de-boarding the plane and then to the exit, a Home Ministry official told PTI.

The whole exercise is expected to be completed within a minute a traveller hits any e-Gate kiosk.
14/05/18 PTI/Pioneer