ePassport gates at our stations

Checking in is quick and simple, just make sure you have your ticket and passport or ID to hand.

What they do

If your European passport has an electronic chip in it, you can scan it at the ePassport gate, rather than using the passport control booth.

Who they're for

These are for EU and EEA citizens who are over 18 and have a valid electronic passport.

Look for this symbol on the front of your European passport.

Where are they?

  • St Pancras International for French Border Control.
  • Paris Gare du Nord for UK Border Force.

We'll be adding French Border Control ePassport gates in Paris laer in 2017.

How they work - French Border Control

  1. Put the photo page of your passport face down on the glass and wait for the gate to read the chip. When the green light shows on the screen, the first gates will open so you can step forward.
  2. Stand on the footprints, look at the camera and wait for the facial recognition camera to scan you.
  3. If the scan matches your passport photo, the second gate will open and you can walk right into our departure lounge.

How they work - UK Border Control

  1. Walk through the first gate.
  2. Put the photo page of your passport face down on the glass, look at the camera and wait for the gate to read your passport and the facial recognition camera to scan you.
  3. If the scan matches your passport photo, the second gate will open and you can walk right into our departure lounge.