Automated border control for travel between South Korea and Germany
20 June 2018
Travellers from South Korea can use the frequent travellers programme EasyPASS-RTP when entering and leaving Germany
The Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community and the Ministry of Justice of South Korea have reached agreement on the reciprocal use of automated border checks. To this end, the Commissioner of the Korea Immigration Service and the deputy head of the Directorate-General for Federal Police Matters signed a cooperation agreement today.
On this basis, travellers from South Korea will be able to use the frequent travellers programme EasyPASS-RTP when entering and leaving Germany. Travellers from Germany can use the Korean Smart Entry Service. The reciprocal use of these services still requires technical implementation and will probably be available in 2018.
EasyPASS is an automated border control procedure for entering and leaving the Schengen area available at eGates. The most frequented airports in Germany provide additional control lanes to EasyPASS users. All holders of electronic passports of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and of Switzerland can use EasyPASS. EasyPASS checks the traveller’s identity and the validity and authenticity of the electronic travel document and provides many advantages: It is secure, easy to use and makes border control procedures faster.
Holders of electronic passports of a third country with which agreements on the reciprocal use of automated border controls have been concluded can use EasyPASS-RTP for entering and leaving the Schengen area. So far, Germany has concluded such agreements with the United States and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.
Originally published at https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/kurzmeldungen/EN/2018/06/grenzkontrollverfahren.html;jsessionid=5F2E24EB25C05E2A98710858C2783E0E.2_cid322