Saturday 19 October, 2019

Tourism Minister welcomes new automated passport system

Minister of Tourism Randall Mitchell has welcomed the new Automated Border Control System kiosks which was launched at the Piarco International Airport on Monday.

He said any initiative that positively impacts tourists or returning residents’ experience when arriving at the national airports is a win for the local Tourism sector.

Mitchell added that whilst this new project will be in test- phase over the next two weeks, it will bring Trinidad and Tobago in line with present-day border control practices in existence at many international ports of entry.

The Tourism Minister added that the potential for reduced time spent in lengthy Immigration lines and the possibility for families to be processed together will be a pleasant and welcomed upgrade to this country’s existing entry-processing process for both tourists and returning residents in the not too distant future.

The new automated border control system uses facial recognition and collects users’ fingerprints. It also verifies the validity of travel documents by checking these documents against an international database of photos, passports and ID cards.

 

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