Going away for the Eid holidays? You’ll want to read this first.

Travellers heading out of Abu Dhabi International Airport will now have to register their passports electronically before taking off.

*MORE: New Dhs35 fee announced at Abu Dhabi airports*

Using the Smart Travel system, which was launched in March earlier this year but made mandatory this week, passengers will be able to check-in, drop off bags and pass through automated e-gates.

The initiative is said to have decreased airport processing time by up to 70 per cent and already has over two million passengers registered in the programme. That means you’ll be spending less time standing in queues.

Check out the video below to find out more…

Currently there are 25 e-registration stands, 58 e-gates and 76 self-boarding gates located in Terminals 1 and 3.

“Abu Dhabi International Airport remains dedicated to giving its millions of passengers a world-class travel experience year-round. With the summer upon us, we’ve made sure that we are prepared for a larger volume of travellers,” said Mohammed Al Katheeri, Acting COO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

The news comes as the airport gears up for the rush of Eid holidays. Approximately 85,000 people are expected to depart from the airport – with July 6, 10 and 11 being forecasted as the busiest days.

If you are jetting off then, the airport recommends you arrive three hours before your flight to deal with the crowds.