Posted on August 04 2022
Finland is the first country in the European Union to test the digital travel documents in cross-border travel. The country’s keenness to use digital travel documents is the inclination of the European Commission, for the pilot project to be put into effect by a few member states to build experiences that may permit in presenting an offer for establishing this unique project across European countries.
This project will be financed by the EU Commission, in which the plan is to test digital travel documents firstly, between Finland and Croatia. However, the finances need to be approved yet. The use of digital travel documents will be tested at Helsinki Airport as soon as it is approved.
The Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, reported that Mikko Väisänen, an inspector at the Finnish Border Guard said, “Border checks and the travel process will run faster and smoother by using digital travel documents.”
Väisänen stated that the Finnish authorities are presently drafting a funding application for the Commission, which needs to be submitted by the end of August, 2022. He highlighted that the project will be carried out and will be decided after the funding application is submitted.
He further discussed that the authorities will provide a group of volunteers with an online application that has a digital travel document, if the Commission approves this project. Through this application, the passengers will be allowed to send the information electronically, in their travel documents to the border authorities in prior to their trip. Nonetheless, they must carry their physical passport with them during the pilot project.
On the other hand, in terms of privacy, this might not be approved by some as the information that is verified in prior on the holder, will be deleted as soon as the trip completes.
Besides, Väisänen said that a photo of the passenger would be taken in the procedure of the border control and he also stated, “Ultimately, the goal is remove carrying a physical passport during travel and the pilot project is only the first step in this matter as its implementation may be time taking.”
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If this project certifies to be successful, the passengers need not carry physical documents in the future, and simultaneously make process much simpler and Finland is eagerly waiting for the approval from the Commission to begin this experiment at the end of 2022.
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