Bulgaria’s Varna and Burgas international airports have installed automated border control e-gates to help expedite the immigration process for e-passport holders.
The automated gates – vb i-match 5 e-gates supplied by Vision-Box – make use of facial recognition technology to verify the traveller’s identity. Fingerprint recognition technology will also be added at a later date.
“In modern airports like Varna and Burgas, facing constantly increasing flows at the border, it is imperative to embrace new technologies that concede the traveller more control and better convenience during his journey, while delivering the most efficient and effective tools to the border control authorities to increase their capacity,” explained Vision-Box’s Jean-François Lennon.
The e-gates can be used by e-passport holders who are aged 18 or over and are citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland.