In a World First, Finnish Fliers Will Be Able to Use Digital Passports

Finnair Plane
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We’re fairly certain that every flier has had that one moment of brief panic when they feel as though they have lost their passport just before a flight.

But it won’t matter too much if you’re a Finnish citizen.

Finland is embarking on a pilot project that will allow travelers to use a digital version of their passport to fly. It will mark the first time in the world that something like this has been done. 

According to the Finnish Border Control, the Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) is equally as reliable as a physical passport and will allow smooth and fast border crossings without compromising security. The trial is in partnership with the Finnish police, airline Finnair, and the airport operator Finavia.

Those wanting to try out the initiative will first need to download the DTC app and then book an appointment at the Vantaa Main Police Station where the digital passport will be created. Travelers are required to bring a valid physical passport, sign a consent form, and have a photo taken for facial recognition. 

Once registered, you’re just about good to go. 

The pilot scheme is available only to Finnish citizens who embark on Finnair flights from Helsinki to London, Manchester, and Edinburgh between now and February 2024.