The smart gate is a quick and easy alternative to the standard manual passport control counters and e-gates.
The smart gate is a quick and easy alternative to the standard manual passport control counters and e-gates. It enables passengers to pass through immigration without assistance.
Unlike the e-gate which requires an e-gate card, the smart gate does not require a dedicated card. It can identify a traveller by either their passport, Emirates ID, e-gate card or QR barcode generated via the GDRFA smartphone app.
Passports need to have the-the data encoded in an optical character recognition format at the base of the identity page in order to be used at the smart gate.
Using the smart gates is easy. The passport, opened to the photo page is placed on the scanner. The traveller then steps into the gate and completes the eye scan. The gate will then open and the passenger can step through.
First-time users have to register with an immigration officer after completing the eye scan.
The smart gates are seven seconds faster than the e-gates when processing a passenger’s credentials. They provide the quickest way through passport control.
Smart gates can be used by UAE citizens and residents, GCC nationals and passport holders from the following countries:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Brunei Darussalaam, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, USA (???)