15 December 2023
Electronic Identity Cards can now be used at E-Gates at Fiumicino and Ciampino airports
Passengers can also fly to 15 non-Schengen countries with the IPZS-issued document
The latest news for passengers travelling with their ID card from Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports: Aeroporti di Roma takes another step in the path towards making the airport passenger experience faster and safer. Just a few days after its launch at Ciampino's G.B. Pastine airport, Italian identity cards can now be used at Italy's main airport, Fiumicino's Leonardo da Vinci, at e-gates that were previously restricted to passport control. The 32.4 million Italian electronic identity cards (CIEs) issued to people over the age of 14 after 7 February 2018 will therefore make it easier for passengers to travel safely: all they have to do is present their electronic identity card, issued by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior, at the e-gates, thus speeding up checks on their personal document thanks to this innovative service. With this innovation, the capital's hubs are the first in Italy to implement the latest regulations issued by the Ministry of the Interior's Public Security Department, which recently authorised the use of e-gates for holders of electronic identity cards for the following 15 destinations:
- Albania;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Bulgaria;
- Cyprus;
- Georgia;
- Ireland;
- Kosovo;
- North Macedonia;
- Moldova;
- Montenegro;
- Romania;
- Serbia;
- Turkey;
- Egypt (tourism travel only);
- Tunisia (tourism travel only).
For any countries not included on this list, the rules remain unchanged and passengers will need an electronic passport issued by the Questura to use the e-gates when travelling to/from Italy.
Every year, at Aeroporti di Roma airports, more than 50% of passengers of all nationalities use e-gates for passport control, which reduces queue times considerably. This number puts Fiumicino and Ciampino airports ahead of all other European airports for use and functionality of e-gates. In total, around 80 e-gates have been installed at the two airports. At Ciampino, the first airport to introduce this electronic ID system, in the first week of operation, approximately 15% of entries through e-gates were made using the electronic identity card.