COVID vaccine: Tech firms developing smartphone apps for travellers to show they’ve had jab, tests

Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US, UK and other parts of the world, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel again.

But in order to do that, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine itself: a vaccine passport application.

Several companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to travel – or to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theatres and offices.

The Common Trust Network, an initiative by Geneva-based nonprofit The Commons Project and the World Economic Forum, has partnered with several airlines including Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic to create the CommonPass app.

Proof of vaccination

The app allows users to upload medical data such as a COVID-19 test result or, eventually, proof of vaccination by a hospital or medical professional.

It then generates a health certificate or pass in the form of a QR code that can be shown to authorities without revealing sensitive information.

For travel, the app lists health pass requirements at the points of departure and arrival based on your itinerary.

CommonPass has partnered with several airlines to start rolling out its health credential app on select international flights. Credit: CNN

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