Digital Travel Credential: Croatia and Finland to start testing digital passports
Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) is an annual pilot project of Finland and Croatia, which involves testing digital passports. Find out more about what this system is and when it will work at the borders of air travel
Finland and Croatia will speed up border control at the EU's external borders, introducing digital travel document system testing at airports. It is planned that the Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) pilot project will become operational in the spring of 2023. The European Commission has already approved this initiative.
Digital Travel Credential (DTC) - what is this system?
DTC is a digital travel ID that is an alternative to a physical passport. The system will improve the level of passenger service at the airport and speed up the process of passing control. The absolute advantage of the system is reliable data protection and a complete verification system.
With the help of a smartphone, the passenger will be able to register on the airline's website from home before the trip. This will allow you to quickly pass through automatic border control gates upon arrival at the airport thanks to facial recognition technology. Such a system will reduce the check-in time at the airport by 30%.
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How will the DTC system work in Finland and Croatia?
The project is under the supervision of the Border Service of Finland. To implement the work of the project, the authorities of Croatia and Finland will install special equipment at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Zagreb International Airport.
Participation in the testing of the Digital Travel Credential (DTC) system for passengers will be voluntary. After entering the data, the tourist will get access to the mobile application, where the digital travel document will be stored. To pass the control, the traveler will need to send the information from the application to the border inspection authorities for verification. Upon completion of border control, it will be necessary to take a photo, which will be used to link the digital travel document with the tourist's identity. After that, you won't have to stand in queues for registration and checks.
Importantly! At present, despite passing control in the DTC system, a tourist traveling from the airports of Finland and Croatia must still carry a valid passport.
In addition to the DTC pilot project in Finland and Croatia, a similar project is being implemented in the air service between the Netherlands and Canada.
The Migration Service of Finland is also working on the development of a digital residence permit, which will be confirmed using a barcode with a digital signature.
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