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Fingerprinting at US/Canada border?

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1. Posted by Iv3nature1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I had no idea that this site existed, but I'm so glad I found it!

So, I have a question for fellow travelers here. I am going to Canada soon, and I am curious as if I will be fingerprinted going into Canada and/or returning to the states. I've never been fingerprinted, and I've never committed a crime. The whole bio privacy thing is really important to me after completing a few undergraduate courses with a heavy focus in these things... So any help would be great! Thanks everyone

2. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 137 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I went to Canada five years ago, they didn't fingerprint then but things have probably changed since then. I've been through America a few times, this year the being the most recent visit and I always had to be fingerprinted even when I was just transiting. If you are a US citizen apparently you are exempt unless the rules change again. Here are some websites that might give you some information:


For Canada:

And this thread from Flyer Talk is all about biometric screening. They have a list of countries that biomentric screen, though it is two years old:

And a Wiki page for more info if you are really concerned:

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Aug-2017, at 19:09 by Teoni ]

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 716 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm sure someone working for border security will correct me if I'm wrong (and the US/Canada border may well be different) but my impression was that a fingerprint image at international borders was to confirm your identity as the passport-holder rather than as an anti-crime measure. It would confirm that the picture of you on someone else's passport doesn't belong with that passport and therefore you're trying to cross an international border illegally - I'm pretty sure it doesn't bring up your criminal record (although it might at that border).