Finland Launches Pilot Project for Test Digital Travel Documents

Finland's pioneering spirit shines as the nation embarks on a groundbreaking endeavor: testing digital travel documents. In collaboration with Finnair, travelers to Great Britain can be part of this cutting-edge trial, bypassing queues and enjoying swift border checks.
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The Finnish Border Guard has announced that Finland will be the first country in the world to test digital travel documents starting today, August 28, 2023.

This initiative aims to revolutionize the way international travel is conducted. With a focus on enhancing efficiency and reducing wait times during border checks, the experiment holds promise for a future where physical travel documents might no longer be a necessity.

The pilot project will be conducted at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and will involve passengers on Finnair flights to London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Seamless Travel with Digital Travel Credentials (DTC)

The digital travel document, aptly named Digital Travel Credentials (DTC), marks a significant leap forward in border control technology. Functioning as a virtual counterpart to the traditional passport, the DTC promises a secure and efficient border-crossing process.

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By opting to enrol as voluntary users of the DTC system, travellers can unlock the benefits of swift and hassle-free border checks. Once registered, passengers can utilize their digital documents for travel to and from Finland.

How it works

The digital travel document (DTC) is a digital version of a physical passport. It contains the same information as a physical passport, including the holder’s name, date of birth, nationality, and facial image.

The DTC is stored on a mobile device and can be presented to border control officials at the airport.

Benefits

The DTC is expected to make the border crossing process faster and more secure. Passengers will no longer have to queue for passport control, and the DTC can be easily verified by border control officials.

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Limitations

The DTC is still in the testing phase, so there are some limitations. For example, the DTC can only be used at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport for now.

Future plans

The Finnish Border Guard plans to continue testing the DTC and hopes to make it available to all passengers in the future. The EU Commission is also considering implementing the DTC in other member states.

Final Words

In an era defined by technological progress, Finland’s digital travel document trial sets the stage for a transformative shift in how we cross borders. As travellers navigate the airport checkpoints with just a digital document in hand, it’s evident that the future of seamless, efficient, and secure travel has arrived.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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