Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.


In our increasingly globalized world, it is easier for people and goods to cross international borders than ever before. Criminals are exploiting this progress to cross borders more freely and commit serious crimes.

Effective border security is therefore an essential aspect of combating transnational crime.

At INTERPOL, we offer a range of tools and services which can help member countries enhance their border security procedures and integrate their border security efforts with those of their neighbours.

We coordinate operational activities, offer training opportunities and cultivate partnerships with international organizations in order to ensure the safety and security of all national borders.

INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force

To centralize our border security efforts, we have created the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force.

Comprising representatives of the relevant INTERPOL departments, the task force serves as a central point of contact and coordination for international border security and management activities, bringing all efforts under the oversight of a single entity.

The task force leads and coordinates INTERPOL initiatives involving border security. It is responsible for:

  • Planning and coordinating border security management policy;
  • Enhancing the capacity of border security in member countries;
  • Developing partnerships with international organization and the private sector;
  • Allocating operational resources to border security initiatives.
10 April 2014

Operation to tackle airline ticket fraud supported by INTERPOL

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – More than 180 people were arrested or detained during an operation, coordinated by Europol and supported by INTERPOL, at airports across Europe and the Americas to tackle credit card fraud and illegal immigration.The two-day (8 and 9 April) operation involved law enforcement agencies from across the world, with support from th...
05 March 2014

INTERPOL and International Organization for Migration agreement to enhance border security

GENEVA, Switzerland – An agreement between INTERPOL and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will see enhanced cooperation between the two bodies on border security to better combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling.Signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, the agreement formalise...
23 December 2013

INTERPOL Red Notice subject arrested in security operation during Southeast Asia Games

LYON, France – A check against INTERPOL’s databases as part of security operations surrounding the Southeast (SEA) Games in Myanmar has led to the identification and arrest of a US fugitive in the Philippines.The 45-year-old man, the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally wanted persons issued at the request of NCB Washington for financial...
28 November 2013

Enhancing border security focus of INTERPOL-coordinated operations

LYON, France – INTERPOL has coordinated a series of operations to screen travellers and vehicles at key border points throughout Africa, Southeast and Central Asia to help member countries boost security.Under the aegis of the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF), a series of operations has been held to enhance border security measures...
12 November 2013

INTERPOL agreement with CEMAC to promote border security in Central Africa

LYON, France – An agreement to extend access to INTERPOL’s tools and services to key border points in six Central African countries has been concluded by INTERPOL and the Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC).Signed by CEMAC President Pierre Moussa and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, the agreement provides a framewor...
20 September 2013

INTERPOL Chief warns of ‘invisible’ threats to personal and economic security

YALTA, Ukraine – Cybercrime, counterfeit products and the ever-increasing movement of people and goods in both the real and virtual worlds pose a significant threat to global safety and security, the head of INTERPOL warned today.Speaking at the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting in Ukraine, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the trade in fake and illicit good...
13 August 2013

INTERPOL joins Frontex operation in Romania against Black Sea crime

CONSTANTA, Romania – Under the umbrella of the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF), INTERPOL has assisted Frontex in an operation to check travel documents used by passengers travelling through the Romanian port of Constanta, a major port on the Black Sea.Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security, deployed intern...
30 July 2013

INTERPOL launches new technology to detect fraudulent travel documents

LYON, France – A new police tool has been launched by INTERPOL and the G8, enabling the INTERPOL community to exchange information on fraudulent identity and travel documents. Known as Dial-Doc (Digital INTERPOL Alert Library – Document), the technology makes it easy for officials in any of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries to check if a travel document is...
30 July 2013

Improvised Explosive Device components seized at Thai border during INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – More than 70 kg of sodium chlorate, a chemical precursor used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), have been seized during INTERPOL-coordinated border security operations in Southeast Asia.Bags containing the chemicals were discovered in a van by Thai Customs officials in Songhkla Province, in southern Thailand as part of Operation Hawk...
10 July 2013

INTERPOL and Morpho sign strategic biometric partnership

LYON, France – A partnership agreement will see Morpho (Safran) provide INTERPOL with a range of innovative biometric solutions and other technical support to enhance global security. The partnership covers the supply of automated biometric identification systems to INTERPOL, provision of state-of-the-art security solutions for the future INTERPOL Global...
02 July 2013

Drugs worth nearly one billion dollars seized in INTERPOL-led operation across Central America and the Caribbean

LYON, France – Nearly 30 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana with an estimated value of USD 822 million have been seized in an INTERPOL-led operation targeting the maritime trafficking of drugs and illicit firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean.Operation Lionfish, coordinated by INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for Centr...
10 June 2013

INTERPOL STOP operation targets people smuggling networks in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – An international police operation carried out at Kigali International Airport by Rwanda national police in co-ordination with INTERPOL has seen the verification of thousands of passports in an effort to target criminal networks and illegal immigrants attempting to use fraudulent documents to enter the country.Co-ordinated by INTERPOL’s Tr...