Finland Tests Digital Travel Documents in Cross-Border Travel

Finland has said that it wants to test the use of digital travel documents in cross-border travel, becoming the first country in the European Union to do so. Such a project will be funded by the EU Commission, and the initial plan is to test digital travel documents between Finland and Croatia. The eagerness of Finland to trial digital travel documents follows the European Commission’s wish for the pilot project to be carried out by some member states in order to gather experiences that would allow presenting a proposal for implementing such a project in all EU countries, reports. As soon as it is approved, the use of digital travel documents will be tested at Helsinki Airport. In case the Commission approves the funding for the pilot project, Finland will start this experiment at the end of the year. The Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, explains that Mikko Väisänen, an inspector at the Finnish Border Guard, said that by using digital travel documents, border checks, and the travel process, in general, will run smoother and faster. While this might not sit right with some in terms of privacy, Väisänen emphasised that the information on the holder, which is verified in advance, will be deleted after the trip. Through this app, passengers will be able to send the information in their travel documents electronically to the border authorities before their trip. (). Continue reading.

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