CommonPass, a new digital health “passport,” is being piloted today on a flight from London to Newark. A small pilot group of passengers will try it out. It’s the latest move to encourage airline travel.

COVID-19 has decimated the travel industry. So, developers hope their new app will help alleviate worries.

What’s the thinking behind it? Developers wanted to help with an effective way to create a common standard. Now, air travelers can show they tested negative for the coronavirus.  

Why CommonPass?

“For global travel and trade to return to pre-pandemic levels, travelers will need a secure and verifiable way to document their health status as they travel and cross borders,” explains The Common Project on its website. 

“Travelers will need a secure and verifiable way to document their health status as they travel and cross borders. Countries will need to be able to trust that a traveler’s record of a COVID PCR test or vaccination administered in another country is valid. Countries will also need the flexibility to update their health screening entry requirements as the pandemic evolves and science progresses. Airlines, airports and other travel industry stakeholders will need the same.”

How Does This Digital Health “Passport” Work?

Pilot passengers will get their tests in London up to 72 hours before departure. In addition, they will complete a health screening questionnaire. A negative test will give the traveler a QR code. Then, they use that code to show airport staff and border officials they are coronavirus negative.   

In the future, passengers can use the app to see the travel restrictions in their destination company. In addition, it could show they have had a COVID-19 vaccine once the vaccine is available.  

The CommonPass was developed by The Commons Project, a nonprofit public trust. The company has been working with the World Economic Forum to initiate the pass.  In the future, it could provide digital proof of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Collinson announced that tests from Prenetic, a private testing company, will be administered by their company in cooperation with Swissport. 

a passport and a pair of luggage

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How Does It Work?

Pilot passengers will get their tests in London up to 72 hours before departure. In addition, they will complete a health screening questionnaire. A negative test will give the traveler a QR code. Then, they use that code to show airport staff and border officials they are coronavirus negative.   

In the future, passengers can use the app to see the travel restrictions in their destination company. And, after vaccines are available, it could show they have had a COVID-19 vaccine.  

The CommonPass was developed by The Commons Project, a nonprofit public trust. The company has been working with the World Economic Forum to initiate the pass. In the future, it could provide digital proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Collinson announced that tests from Prenetic, a private testing company, will be administered by their company in cooperation with Swissport.