Finland ready to be the first to experiment on the digitalization of passport control coincides with the decision of the European Commission to launch a pilot project with one of the Member States in order to gain experience for the implementation of the project in all EU countries.
The testing program should be funded by the EU Commission, and Citizens of Finland and Croatia will be the first to try the innovation on themselves, and this will take place at the renovated Helsinki Airport.
Officials promise that with the use of digital travel documents, border control will become faster and more convenient.
The application for financing the Finnish experiment should be ready by the end of August, and if positive By decision of the Commission, the new procedures will start working at the Helsinki airport as early as November-December this year.
As for the process itself, the authorities will provide a group of volunteers with a special application for a smartphone. With this application, passengers will be able to send the information contained in their physical passports to border guards in advance, before the trip. Of course, in electronic form. However, during the pilot project, they will still need to have their paper passport with them.
Immediately there were questions about the confidentiality of the personal data sent, but the developers assured that information about the owner, which is verified in advance, will be deleted immediately after trips.
A photo of the passenger will also be taken during border control.
In the future, there will be no need for a physical passport and any other documents.