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Finland is trialling a digital passport on Finnair flights between Helsinki and three UK cities.

The Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) system is designed to accellerate and streamline the border check process.

Finnish passengers holding the electronic document on Finnair flights between London, Manchester and Edinburgh will be able to pass through Finland’s border control more efficiently without having to queue, police explained in a press release.

However, in order to enter the UK, users of the digital documents still need to bring their physical passports.

“At Helsinki Airport, a dedicated border control line has been reserved for testers, who can use it without queuing,” Mika Hansson, a senior adviser at the National Police Board, said in the release.

The travel document is effectively a digital version of a physical passport and is part of a European Commission project. The DTC only applies to the border control in Helsinki Airport, travellers participating in the pilot still need to bring a physical passport for arrival in the UK.

The press release also said that the effort marks the first time digital travel documents will be tested at border controls.

The police have invited volunteers holding Finnish citizenship to take part in the pilot project.

The DTC pilot will run until the end of February 2024.

Source: Yle

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