Get through Dubai airport passport control in just 10 seconds

A new pre-approval system has been installed at Dubai's airports

After a long flight, one of the last things you want to do is wait around to get through passport control, but a new way of checking has been installed to cut down waiting time from minutes to seconds.

A passenger pre-approval system that checks air travellers before they fly is speeding up checks to as little ten seconds.

The method is already fully installed in Terminal 3 at Dubai International, while Terminal 1, 2 and Al Maktoum International Airport are expected to be ready by end of the year.

Being used at all Dubai airports, customers will be vetted 48 hours before arrival in order to hurry the process.

That’s right, gone will be the days of waiting in long lines.

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai developed the new checking method, and it will work through departures and arrivals.

General director assistant of GDRFA Brigadier Talal Ahmad Al Shanqeti told Gulf News: “In Dubai, a passport control officer clears 55,000 passengers per year on an average while globally the ratio is 17,000 passengers. With this new system in place, better results will be achieved.

"We have 65 employees working in a command room to check the passengers’ details and send clearance to the passport control officer so he only needs to identify the passenger in front of him before stamping the passport.”

Travelling to and from Dubai is getting easier by the day, as you can even check in your baggage for Dubai flights from home.

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