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Thinking of Traveling in 2021? You May Need a Vaccine Passport


We’re all dreaming of the day when we can travel, shop and actually go to a movie again. In order to do that, we might need to have a passport. A vaccine passport. 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 enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, even some countries.

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, as well as hundreds of health systems across the United States and the government of Aruba.

The group created the  CommonPass app would allow users to upload their medical data such as a Covid-19 test result or, eventually, a proof of vaccination by a hospital or medical professional. A QR code would be generated and scanned upon entering facilities or countries by a government official.  For travel, the app lists the vaccine passport requirements at the points of departure and arrival based on your itinerary.

Large tech firms are also getting in on the act. IBM (IBM) developed its own app, called Digital Health Pass, which allows companies and venues to customize indicators they would require for entry including temperature checks, coronavirus tests or vaccine documentation. All credentials required would be stored in a mobile wallet on a smart phone.