Parafe is the French acronym for automated fast external border crossing ('Passage automatisÃ© rapide aux frontiÃ¨res extÃ©rieures'). The system enables passengers to cross external borders not only faster and simpler, but also under increased security conditions as the system relies on biometric authentication technology based on digital print.
The service is entirely free of charge and upon voluntary participation. It is accessible to all persons over 18 who are EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland citizens as well as to those who, irrespective of their nationality, hold a residence permit for 'family members of an EU citizen'.
In order to subscribe to this service, one needs to show a valid passport with an optically readable strip and have fingerprints of eight fingers taken and registered. Then, the traveller will be able to go to the automatic airlocks and have their passport and fingerprints checked automatically.
Parafe saves a considerable amount of time since it enables participating passengers to cross borders in less than 30 seconds. At the moment approximately 30 % of commercial air passengers entering and leaving the French territory are covered by this service, which has already been implemented in the two international airports of Paris and is currently being deployed in other French airports.