Fingerprints and Eurodac: caught crossing an EU border irregularly

Guidance on what happens to your fingerprints if you're caught crossing an EU border irregularly.


Fingerprints and Eurodac: information for third country nationals or stateless persons apprehended in connection with the irregular crossing of an external border, pursuant to article 29(3) of Regulation (EU) No 603/2013

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If you’re 14 years old or older and are caught crossing the border irregularly, you must have your fingerprints taken. They’ll be put in Eurodac, the European fingerprint database, with your gender and stored for 18 months.

Published 20 March 2015