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I think the objective is not really to speed up clearances – just to reduce the manpower requirement. Both systems usually have queues so when you arrive and make your choice others (if they have the choice) have probably evened out the delays anyway. The gates do seem to have had teething problems for quite a while which can’t help, but then many passengers ...
It will be heavily dependent on the country. I live in Japan, where the automatic gates are slower as they are almost never used and someone has to come over and start it up. I use it so they don't pollute my passport with entry stamps. In Canada, the self-serve process is faster than the lines unless the system is behind on it's quota of random secondary ...
a) what country are you from? b) what do you look like? I put my first-world passport1 on the counter and I wear a dress shirt when I get off the plane. Haven't been asked once about money in any form, itinerary, employment or really anything else other than the standard "where are you going", "how long" and "anything to declare" questions. Even the ...
After actually trying it, I can now confirm that it is possible to cross the border both by foot and by bike. Plan some time, there are a total of 6 checkpoints (two passport controls and one custom check at each side of the border), so even with almost no traffic, it took me almost two hours to get through from Bulgaria to Turkey.
Be very careful with the arrest questions on ESTA even if there was no conviction. They have your entire arrest history on the screen in front of them the moment they are taking your finger prints and I know from experience there is a good chance that you will be denied entry and returned.
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