What are we allowed to do, not allowed to do and where are we allowed to go?
Could seamless international travel be on the horizon?
A digital trial commenced last week which will enable travellers to log their COVID-19 test results before taking an international flight, making it a time saving solution at check in. The CommonPass app is currently being tested by United Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and if it proves successful it will be rolled out across more airlines.
How can travel be restored to pre-pandemic levels?
- The issue: Currently the policies in place are ever-challenging and complex, and the airlines and border agencies are unsure about the validity of passengers test results and passengers are confused about what is expected of them.
- The aim: As countries around the world are working tirelessly to defeat this pandemic and kick-start their economies, the aim is to allow Covid-negative travellers to avoid quarantines that currently hinder the business travel recovery.This new app is hoping to enable passengers to securely log and present their COVID-19 status, keeping their health documents private and and aiding the airlines and border agencies with the information required. CommonPass recognises “that countries will make sovereign decisions on border entry and health screening requirements, including whether or not to require tests or what type of test to require” and that this app will serve “as a neutral platform which creates the interoperability needed for the various ‘travel bubbles’ to connect and for countries to trust one another’s data by leveraging global standards”.