The digital health passport is something that a growing number of world governments are considering. Sweden and Denmark have announced the introduction covid-passport, but not only them, and the International Air Transport Association, ie IATA, has launched the initiative of "travel passes".
Also, the Iceland has introduced the first vaccination certificates for citizens who want to travel, while the Seychelles become the first country in the world to be just that allowed vaccinated tourists to enter the country without the need for quarantine.
Airlines have thus launched a gradual global adoption, but now it is the turn of a new “Health Protect” for airlines and governments. It allows the integration of multiple passports or applications and determines which tests for COVID-19 and vaccines are allowed. Application Sita, which has been successfully tested by Australia, said it can bridge the gap between passport issuers, aviation and border processes by incorporating advanced passenger processing linked to 600 airlines.
British Airways has introduced a second passport for safe travel VeriFly, and there are already several types of applications for safe travel in the world. What airlines expect from world governments is the digital health passport standard. No one wants long lines at the entrance, as every passenger must have their health card validated. Thus, the integration of such passports is a new challenge, but there is also progress, as more and more countries are adopting digital health, ie covid passports or vaccination certificates.
What is the situation in Europe?
Several members of the European Union have announced that they will start issuing certificates to their citizens, so that those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have proof of that. This idea was also supported by the European Council, noting that it is too early to decide now what such certificates would be used for. Some of European countries they have already announced the introduction of certificates and passports, some have only supported the idea, and some have announced that they will allow those who have such documents unhindered entry into their country.
Cyprus plans to allow entry at least to passengers from the European Union who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, without any restrictions. But passengers will need to have proof that they have been vaccinated. Danish has announced that it will soon introduce digital passports for its citizens who receive the virus vaccine, so that they can use these certificates for unrestricted travel to countries requesting them. The government has decided to offer passports even to those planning to travel to Denmark.
Estonia has signed an agreement with the World Health Organization that allows it to work on creating a yellow vaccination card for reliable and transparent cross-border exchange of vaccination data. Grčka launched its plan in late January to ease restrictions and continue traveling through vaccination certificates. Hungary has introduced a plastic card for its citizens who have been vaccinated or have survived the virus, with which they enjoy additional benefits.
Češka is considering the possibility of allowing unrestricted people to travel, although it does not plan to set the vaccine as a condition for travel. Iceland, as the first country in the Schengen area, gives its citizens certificates of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. It has also made it possible to obtain vaccination certificates online, and recognizes all vaccination certificates from European Union countries.
Španjolska has also announced that it is working on creating a vaccination certificate, which will have the same uses as those that should be initiated by some other EU countries. Sweden is one of the latest countries to unveil plans to issue a digital coronavirus passport by the summer to identify people vaccinated against COVID-19. AND Poljska has plans to introduce passports, to give those who have received the vaccine more freedom.
The Portuguese and Slovak governments have so far only supported such passports, while the Italian government has yet to come up with plans regarding certificates or passports.