Estonia implements new automated border control gates for travelers

Tallinn Airport and Narva Road Border Post have implemented the Automated Border Control System (ABC Portals), which will make the border crossing process simpler and faster.

The head of the Interior Ministry’s border guard policy department, Janek Mägi, said the system would increase the capacity of border crossing points and reduce the waiting time for anyone wishing to enter the country. , reports

“The number of passengers has steadily increased year after year and is expected to continue the same trend even after the virus recedes and life returns to normal. Now is the right time to help border guards with fast, user-friendly, reliable and reliable machines,», Underlined Mägi.

He also noted that the automated border control system is also used in Estonia’s neighboring countries such as Finland, Sweden and Lithuania, adding that the Estonian authorities are happy that their citizens can cross the border faster. thanks to the modern technological solution.

The Deputy Director General of the Police and Border Guard Council, Egert Belitchev, stressed that employees will continue to maintain border controls, despite the installation of ABC barriers.

“Automatic border control barriers provide the border guard with an additional tool to identify a person and verify the right of entry. In addition, the new system is also useful for passengers, as it allows a reliable passenger to cross the border without contact ”, Belitsev said.

Tallinn Airport Board Chairman Riivo Tuvikes sees this as an essential step for faster and more appropriate passenger travel.

Tallinn airport and the border post on the Narva road welcome large numbers of people every year. In 2020, more than 1.5 million people crossed the Estonian border, including more than 810,000 at the Narva road border post and more than 210,000 at Tallinn Airport.

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Council, as well as the Interior Ministry’s Information Technology and Development Center, have announced that they plan to apply for additional funds to continue to maintain the gates. . In addition, they plan to impose such a system at many other border crossing points.

The same system had already been launched at Riga International Airport in Latvia with the aim of further facilitating border crossing procedures.

The automated border control market is seen as a productive way to help countries deal with potential border problems.

At the same time, on June 26, Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland introduced a new kiosk-based border control that would record data such as entry and exit and other information for travelers upon arrival at the airport. The system was imposed to strengthen Iceland’s border controls and facilitate travel.

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