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Seychelles International Airport Installs Biometric Traveler Screening Corridor

Travizory Border Security has installed a biometric corridor for traveler screening in the Republic of Seychelles, to provide contactless and secure travel for all air arrivals. The launch of the biometric corridor for health travel screening at Seychelles International Airport makes the Seychelles only the second country in the world after the United Arab Emirates to leverage walk-through biometrics at its borders.

The “biocorridor” identifies the individual traveler using facial recognition technology, checks their temperature and determines their classification for handling. Fully integrated with the Seychelles Islands Travel Authorization system, the biocorridor validates whether the traveler has submitted required health documentation, and has been authorized for travel by Seychelles Authorities. Designed by border security firm Travizory, the bio-corridor features cameras and AI-powered biometric engines to match travelers to Seychelles’ database of authorized travelers. With a match time of less than one second per traveler, the new biocorridor screens an average of 30 travelers per minute for health risks. A full wide-body aircraft with 300 travelers could be processed in less than 10 minutes. 

Travelers previously had to present their unique Travel Authorization (TA) QR code on their smartphone or printed paper. Following the installation of the bio-corridor, travelers no longer need to retrieve their TA and can simply walk through. Using facial biometric technology, the biocorridor verifies that each traveler matches an approved, valid TA, and has successfully met all requirements for travel. As an additional line of defence, a thermal camera also captures individual travelers’ body temperature. 

Fully integrated with the Seychelles Authorities database, the system flags to the health officer on duty how each traveler has been categorized, based on the risk assessment conducted pre-departure. Travelers may be directed straight to immigration, sent for medical examination, or sent for quarantine. To guarantee COVID-19 safety, travelers are able to keep their masks on at all times, without compromising accuracy or security. 

Unlike existing biometric systems in major airports, the Travizory system is designed to match “on-the-go”, meaning that travelers don’t have to stop to be identified but they are identified while walking. This maximizes the flow of travelers and guarantees a seamless travel experience, as travelers do not have to actively interact with the system while in transit. Seychelles was one of the first countries to reopen fully to tourists, regardless of vaccination status in early 2021 and has been a success story for recovery of travel post-COVID. It’s one-of-a-kind health travel authorization system has been delivering results for more than a year. The installation of the biocorridor is the latest step in the Government of Seychelles’ digital transformation agenda. 

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