Eurostar passengers will have two fingerprints taken under complex new EU rules

Simon Lejeune, head of stations and head of safety at Eurostar, said: “We have a big job on our hands to educate our passengers, start talking publicly about EES and make sure there is awareness.

“We are investing in our passenger information processes and are going to design a checklist that allows passengers to know exactly what to expect.”

Under the expanded check-in process, non-EU passengers are expected to read and assimilate the emailed travel guidelines on how to negotiate the EES system before travelling.

Upon arriving at St Pancras, the first thing you will encounter is a row of automated kiosks, where you will have to scan your passports and have your fingerprints and a facial photograph taken.

They will also need to answer questions about their trip, specifically how long they plan to stay, whether they will be staying in a hotel or private accommodation, whether they have a return ticket, and whether they have sufficient funds to repatriate.

Although France provided funding for 24 kiosks, Eurostar calculations showed it was insufficient to prevent potential traffic jams. This led to Eurostar and High Speed ​​1, which owns the St Pancras station lease, paying another £25.

After passing through the kiosks, passengers will wait in the departures area before being called to the security barrier for baggage scanning. They will then cross the UK border at another set of posts, as before.

Upon reaching the final barrier, which represents the border with the EU, first-time travelers must provide their fingerprints a second time and have a new photograph taken, this time by French border police. The number of staffed stalls has doubled to 18 and three new electronic gates have been added, which can be used by regular travellers.

Only then will people be able to go up to the platform level and board their train. There will be no more checks on arrival, just like today.

Once Brits have taken an initial trip, their EES records will be stored for three years, although even then they will have to undergo a facial scan at kiosks before each trip.