Digital Passports

Finland Leads the Way in Speeding Up International Travel with Digital Passports

Finland is taking a leap into the future of travel by becoming the first country to test Digital Travel Credentials (DTC), aiming to simplify and expedite the border control process for passengers.

In a statement from the Finnish Border Guards, it was announced that Finnair passengers flying to London, Manchester, and Edinburgh will have the opportunity to test these digital travel documents, beginning on August 28.

The new initiative is designed to allow travelers to move more swiftly through border controls, reducing long waiting times often associated with international travel. According to the statement, “The Finnish Border Guards invite passengers on Finnair’s UK flights to test digital travel documents at border control at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport from August 28 onwards. Customers of Finnair flying to London, Manchester, and Edinburgh will have the opportunity to go through border control more quickly and smoothly than usual, without having to queue.”

Passengers can voluntarily register to use the digital travel document system, which aims to speed up procedures. The DTC, billed as a digital version of a physical passport, is being trialed for the first time worldwide in Finland.

The test marks a significant step towards modernizing and streamlining the often cumbersome and time-consuming process of international travel. If successful, the DTC system could pave the way for a more efficient and user-friendly global travel experience. (AA)

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