Digital vaccination certificates to simplify travel

On November 24, 2021 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

One of the main purposes of introducing a vaccination certificate is to provide travellers with ease-of-access when crossing borders or passing through security checkpoints, instead of being subjected to long waiting periods and bouts of quarantine.

The authentication of physical vaccination cards has proven to be time-consuming and could create congestion at airports, especially when travel returns to normal. After reports of thousands of fake Covid-19 vaccination cards being sold on the black market, it became clear that the certification process was also too corruptible. Since then, most countries have introduced their own government-backed digital certification system to regulate travel in and out of their borders.

One of the most effective methods used to prove someone’s vaccination status, is with a QR-based digital code that can be stored on a mobile device for record-keeping. Due to international-standard security measures and fraud detection, the electronic certification process is far less corruptible and available to anyone with a smartphone, which makes it the preferred choice for corporate travellers running multiple business trips.

However, international travellers hoping for digital vaccination certificates that will open all the doors, might be in for a long wait. The biggest trouble facing this initiative, is the lack of uniformity in the various types of digital certification. The fact that there is not yet a standardized digital certificate that is recognized and usable by all jurisdictions, disqualifies it as a vaccination passport.

Traveller health information stored on a database in one country is often inaccessible to authorities of the country they wish to enter, which confines the certificate to the same verification processes of physical vaccination cards. The only difference with a government-backed digital certification, is that it will be viewed as more authoritative and will, therefore, be accepted by some countries.

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