EasyPASS is an automated border control process available to registered third-country nationals when entering Germany. EasyPASS uses eGates as a simple, quick, and convenient alternative to traditional border controls. EasyPASS is now available to U.S. citizens.
With EasyPASS you can easily complete the border check on your own through the use of eGates. Just scan your electronic travel document, glance at the camera – and you’re through border control. The automated border control system has many advantages: it is secure, easy to operate, and speeds up border crossings. The new system does not replace manual border checks, but is an additional service.
To register for EasyPASS, U.S. citizens must visit an enrollment center operated by the German Federal Police in Germany. Enrollment centers for EasyPASS can be found in Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport and in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport. More enrollment centres will soon be available. To qualify, U.S. citizens must have an electronic passport (epassport), and be at least 18 years of age.
At the enrollment center, the German Federal Police will inform you about the EasyPASS enrollment procedure. You will be asked to sign a form to confirm your voluntary participation in EasyPASS, and consent to the storage of your personal data. You will then be asked to fill out a questionnaire. The Federal Police will verify the validity and authenticity of your travel document, and your application will be vetted against various government databases. If you successfully pass the checks, you will be instantly enrolled in EasyPASS for the validity of your passport.
Where do I find EasyPASS?
Anyone who crosses the external borders of the Schengen area can use the Easy PASS eGates in the arrival and departure areas of the airports displayed on the map below.