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Finns are the first in the world to test a digital travel document

Publication date 25.8.2023 10.20

The Finnish Border Guard invites passengers on Finnair flights to and from the UK to test the digital travel document at border control at Helsinki Airport from 28 August 2023.

Finnair customers on the London, Manchester and Edinburgh routes will be able to pass through border control faster and smoother than usual. This is possible by registering as a voluntary Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) user and using it at border control when leaving and/or arriving in Finland. The Digital Travel Document can be tested at Helsinki Airport from Monday 28 August 2023 until the end of February 2024.

You can register as a DTC user at the police service points in Tikkurila or at Helsinki Airport by following the instructions on the Finnish Border Guard's website: DTC − Border control faster and smoother.

The digital travel document DTC is now being tested in real border control, reportedly for the first time in the world. The DTC is a digital version of the physical passport and is equally reliable. It allows smooth and fast border crossings without compromising security. The European Commission, in cooperation with the Member States, is developing the DTC as part of a broad digital identity policy package that includes a number of digital services. The DTC Pilot project, led by the Finnish Border Guard, involves Finnish and Croatian partners. The DTC will be tested at Zagreb International Airport in autumn this year. The EU is co-funding the pilot project with €2.3 million.

Read also: DTC, a digital travel document being tested in Finland, was selected as one of TIME's best inventions


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