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Finnair digitizes Covid certificate checks

Checking coronavirus related certificates is an important part of international travel and requires effort from both travelers and airlines. Finnair has introduced a new digital tool with which customers can confirm their Covid certificates before their journey. 

The service will be activated starting December 3, 2021 for travelers from Finland to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland as part of the current check-in done online or through the Finnair app. The current list of countries is subject to change due to, for example, additional authority travel requirements. The tool will be expanded to other destination countries at a later stage.

The new tool digitalizes parts of the current paper documentation system for corona related travel document management and checks at airports. With the tool, people travelling to the included destinations can confirm that they have the corona certificates required by the destination authorities. Travelers can do this as part of the check-in online or through the Finnair app. Customers will get a “clear to travel” confirmation together with an online boarding pass and no additional certificate checks will be needed at the airport. However, Covid-related travel documents may be asked at the destination.

“The tool is designed to make travelling smoother for our customers, as they can go directly to bag drop or via security check to the boarding gate, without having to show their corona certificates at the airport. They can also travel with more peace of mind, as they already know in advance that their documents are confirmed,” states Sami Suokas, responsible for airport customer processes at Finnair. Authorities may still check documents on arrival, so customers must be prepared to present them. It is always the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the relevant documentation for entry.

The new tool will be introduced in two phases. Starting with customers traveling from Finland to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland will be able to use it. 

Early next year, an additional functionality will be added which enables customers to upload or scan their corona certificates for verification. With this feature in place, the service will become available for more destinations and customers.

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