Diplomats can now use iris scanner at Schiphol

Starting today, diplomats from anywhere in the world can make use of an iris scanner to pass through border controls at Schiphol. The same applies to senior officials at international organisations.

Starting today, diplomats from anywhere in the world can make use of an iris scanner to pass through border controls at Schiphol. The same applies to senior officials at international organisations.

Minister for Immigration and Asylum Policy Gerd Leers, who is responsible for border control, and Ambassador Ali Thani Alsuwaidi of the United Arab Emirates formally inaugurated this new system, together with Jos Nijhuis, president and CEO of the Schiphol Group, and Maj. Gen. Hans Leijtens of the Royal Military and Border Police. The use of iris scans at border checkpoints falls under the airport's Privium programme.

This programme is now open to ambassadors and other individuals with a diplomatic passport. Once they have submitted to a one-off identity check and the registration of their unique eye measurements by the Royal Military and Border Police, these individuals are entitled to travel via Schiphol's Privium Club Lounge. With a special badge and an eye scan, they can now enter and leave the country more quickly.

The Privium programme was available to anyone with a European passport. It is primarily aimed at travellers who pass through Schiphol airport frequently. Privium offers rapid and safe border passage with the help of modern iris-recognition technology. The cost of the programme is defrayed by a €119 annual fee payable by members.

According to Mr Leers, 'With Privium, the passing through the border at Schiphol has become fast and easy, as well as safe. We want to give diplomats and representatives of international organisations from outside Europe a chance to profit from this system, since their presence contributes to the international legal order and international cooperation.'