Covid-19, a passport on blockchain for planes

Covid-19, a passport on blockchain for planes

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) would like to introduce a Travel Pass, a passport on blockchain that can tell if the traveller has had the Covid-19 vaccine.

The project was actually announced back in December. With this special visa, airlines could resume flying and Bitcoin Fast Profit providing connections around the world.

The release date could be close, as the first target is set for Q1 of 2021, a period between January and March of this year.

The Travel Pass would be a mobile app that would allow travellers to store and manage information about their health status and the covid-19 tests and vaccines they have undergone.

Alan Murray Hayden, Head Airport, Passenger and Security Products at IATA, told Future Travel Experience:

„If we look at the bigger picture, what has really driven this initiative is the way quarantine measures are having a major impact on the air transport industry. We saw earlier this year that when the Canary Islands lifted quarantine, load factors for airlines skyrocketed overnight. The solution to this is testing.

However, even rapid tests are not reliable, and there must be staff to check them. In contrast, IATA’s Travel Pass would communicate with governments, vaccine centres and testing centres to verify information.

The technology on which it would be based rests on four factors:

  • a global registry of health requirements where the traveller can find accurate information on travel requirements, tests and vaccines;
  • a global register of test/vaccination centres to identify test centres and laboratories at the place of departure;
    Lab app, which allows authorised laboratories and test centres to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers;
  • a digital passport form.

Travel Pass: the passport on blockchain

Everything would rest on blockchain technology so that no database can be hacked. This way the data cannot be compromised and the information is secure.

Hayden further explains:

„That’s the beauty of the technology we’re using: it puts the passenger in complete control of their data. There is no central database and no one can hack it. The passenger owns his data and shares it with the airline. It’s so powerful and it’s probably one of the first ever examples of blockchain technology implemented in a way that benefits people.“

Basically, passengers would find themselves with data and documents directly on their mobile phones and with a few steps they can decide to share them with the airline.

When this happens it will be a step forward for the safety of all and for the resumption of air travel.