The easiest way to cross the border


Electronic Border Control Devices

All European Union citizens aged 18 years or over holding an electronic passport can now use the electronic border control devices at the main Portuguese airports.

If you are travelling within the Schengen area, avoid queues at passport control and use the RAPID - Automatic Recognition of Passenger ID system.



1: Insert your electronic passport (it must bear the symbol in the lower left-hand corner) open and face down into the device. Wait while it is scanned.

2: When the door opens, remove your passport and move forward.

3: Stand on the yellow circle on the floor.

4: Look into the mirror.

5: Move forward when the second door opens.


Do not:

  • Cover your face.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Use a mobile phone or other electronic device.
  • Wear sunglasses.


For further information visit RAPID by Serviços Estrangeiros e Fronteiras or watch the above video.