The digital health passport aims to provide a safer and smoother travel experience; It allows every traveler to digitally transmit his Covid-19 test results, ensuring that procedures are bypassed at airports without any hassle or additional testing.
Experts hope that the digital health passport, or “CommonPass” system, will revolutionize the travel sector and help overcome the border closure crisis and the ban on flights between countries of the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published by the Independent newspaper. British author Helen Covey.
At present, the results of the Covid-19 test for travelers are often taken from unknown laboratories and written in various languages that airport employees may not be able to understand, and from here – as the author says – the need for this unified system announced by the World Economic Forum in cooperation with the Foundation has emerged Non-profit in Switzerland, and is based on providing certificates and unified standards and digitally coded to facilitate travel between countries and make it safer.
What about the “Common Bass” system?
According to this system, travelers are expected to undergo Covid-19 tests in accredited laboratories, and after that they download the results to their mobile phones, with the completion of any additional health data that may be required by the country to which they are going.
Then, Common Pass verifies that the traveler complies with the conditions and creates a passenger code that can be easily accessed by airline and border personnel everywhere.
In this regard, says Dr. Bradley Perkins, project officer and former director of strategy and innovation at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The lack of confidence in the Covid-19 tests on a global level has caused many countries to continue measures to close borders and travel bans, coinciding with the continuing outbreak of the epidemic.
Perkins believes that “relying on reliable health data will enable countries to implement more accurate procedures for checking travelers’ entry.”
The “Common Pass” system is currently being tested on some flights between London and New York, and between Hong Kong and Singapore, via Cathay Pacific and United Airlines, while the implementation of the plan is expected to expand through other airlines in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The project is expected to be implemented in cooperation with representatives of the governments of 37 countries around the world, and partners from the public and private sectors.
The writer quoted the head of the transport department at the World Economic Forum, Christoph Wolf, as saying, “The measures taken by each country are no longer sufficient to confront this global crisis; the embargo and quarantine may provide protection in the short term, but developed and developing countries alike need a flexible approach.” And the long-term takes into account all these risks, and this is what the “Common Pass” system provides.