'Covid passport' to help passengers avoid quarantine begins trial

A “Covid Pass”, which is supposed to help passengers avoid quarantine, is introduced.

It will be used on Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Singapore starting Wednesday and next week on United Airlines flights between London Heathrow and New York.

The trial could be extended to routes in Europe and Asia within three months.

The passport is stored on a passenger’s phone and can contain test results to meet most of the different travel restrictions around the globe.

Developed by the Commons Project Foundation, the pass requires passengers to take a coronavirus test before uploading results.

Negative feedback generates a QR code that can be scanned by airline staff and border officials.

The digital passport may contain test results and other health data required for each country and for vaccinations.

Developer The Commons Project stated, “In order for global travel and trading to return to pre-pandemic levels, travelers need a safe and verifiable method of documenting their health while traveling and crossing borders.

“Countries must be able to trust that a traveller’s records of a Covid-PCR test or vaccination administered in another country are valid.”

Dr. Bradley Perkins, Chief Medical Officer of The Commons Project, said: “Without the ability to trust Covid-19 tests – and ultimately vaccine records – across international borders, many countries will feel compelled to maintain total travel bans and mandatory quarantines for so long as the pandemic continues.

“With trustworthy individual health data, countries can implement more differentiated requirements for health screening for entry.”

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