28.5.12 at 13:02
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.