The automatic border control system at Helsinki Airport has been upgraded for more convenience and speed.
Also, the Finnish Border Guard will now launch a pilot project with the goal of increasing the number of nationalities using the system.
At the piloting stage, the Japanese will be the first to use the system. They can use the automatic readers upon departing on a flight from Helsinki Airport. However, the border control employee must put a stamp on the passport after border control.
Before this, the system has only been available to EU, ETA and Swiss citizens with a biometric passport. Usually, a biometric passport contains a photo of the person’s face and their fingerprints.
As the piloting stage progresses, use of the system will be expanded to cover nationalities other than the Japanese.
The airport has a total of 25 automatic border control readers, ten of which are for departing passengers. The Border Guard started using the system in 2008.