A vaccine passport or vaccine certificate is a document that will confirm that a person has received the COVID-19 vaccine or has recently tested negative for the disease. By showing a vaccine passport, one could easily enter a museum or stadium among other public places. At the same time, it can help people travel to various countries that are seeking to reopen with necessary precautions.
According to reports, a 'COVID-19 passport' is soon going to become a reality in the Gulf region with the help of advanced technology employed by the UAE. Significantly, UAE is working on a digital COVID-19 passport which will contain details related to testing and vaccination along with facilities like verification and validation of documents. UAE's COVID-19 passport will be a complete certification, verification, and validation system for its users. It can be considered as an advanced form of the widely-used Al Hosn mobile app.
It will not only contain data related to vaccination and COVID-19 test, but also details like pre-travel eligibility criteria of destination countries. Furthermore, the passport would help in managing documentation and health records digitally as well as authenticating all travel and health regulations of various countries across the world.
The passport is expected to benefit a large number of people across countries by providing easy accessibility to vaccines. At the same, it would help in the rapid resumption of economic activities in order to bring daily life back to normal after COVID-19.
The UAE authorities are conducting more than a dozen initiatives to develop a certification system or credential that could be easily stored on a smartphone or printed on paper through a QR code.