A Guide to Travel Health Apps

With testing requirements and vaccinations becoming part of everyday travel life, verification solutions are gaining momentum
Now that effective COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out in many parts of the world, and with testing becoming a regular feature of pandemic era travel, attention is turning to how travelers can prove they are free from, or protected against, the deadly virus which has claimed more than three million lives worldwide.

An idea gaining traction in travel circles revolves around some kind of ‘digital health passport,’ which would document the health status of travelers, keeping record of both vaccination and negative COVID tests. Such a solution would probably take the form of an app on smartphones, and would have to be recognized by individual governments to allow international travel.

China unveiled what it says is the first international vaccine health passport that exempts travelers from certain travel restrictions. The passport, which is available in both digital and paper formats, shows details of a traveler's COVID-19 inoculation, as well as nucleic acid and antibody test results.

For now the certificate would still require international arrivals to complete a 14-day quarantine. Meanwhile, domestic travelers holding a vaccine passport will benefit from restriction-free travel without further testing requirements.
The European Union is targeting June 1 as the rollout date for its own “digital green card,” according to EU Commission vice president Margaritis Schinas in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ​

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