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As of September the passengers of Tallinn Airport are serviced by automatic border control system
09/13/2013


As of 1 September fully automated border control system has been launched at Tallinn Airport, which will speed up and facilitate border crossing for passengers travelling beyond the Schengen Area.

“In the 21st century travelling has become a lot cheaper, but also more stressful because of renewing rules, procedures and security requirements. The airport cannot change the rules, but if we want to be a cosy airport, it has to be as swift and comfortable as possible for passengers to follow those rules,” explained Asko Kivinuk, Head of Terminal Services Department of Tallinn Airport. “This is the purpose that our new automated border control devices serve, making border crossing last only a couple of dozen seconds.”

Fully automated border crossing system is comprised of two automatic gates and six registering booths. The system gives instructions in Estonian and English, there are also border guard officers of Tallinn Border Crossing Point present to help people to get used to the new device.

“Automated system speeds up border crossing and decreases the possibility of long queues, “ Raavo Järva, Head of Tallinn Border Crossing Point of North Prefecture, said. According to him, similar systems have proven effective in other countries. Those who wish will still have the opportunity to cross the border in an ordinary manner.

Automated border control can only be used by passengers with at least 15 years of age, who have biometric passports and who are citizens of either EU or European Community country or citizens of a country that has joined the Schengen Area.

Similar systems are in use in nearby countries, such as Finland and Norway, and in the near future it is planned to be adopted by Denmark and Latvia.

Estonia started the project for the introduction of automated system in 2011. In addition to Tallinn Airport and Police and Border Guard Board, project partners include IT and Development Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, and Portuguese company Vision Box. Three quarters of the project costs were covered by EU External Borders Fund.

 
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