Australia : New Digital border pass announced
Australia is developing a digital border pass to show the vaccination status of travelers in a step toward further reopening its international border.
The government awarded Accenture Plc the tender to deliver the pass that will replace the current Covid-19 travel declaration form and incoming passenger card.
Mr Hunt said introducing home-based testing and quarantine, as well as the digital vaccination certificate and a new digital border pass, would bring Australians closer to overseas travel.
“We want to see Australians to be able to travel overseas at the earliest possible time,” he said on Tuesday afternoon.
The new digital passport will essentially capture a passenger’s vaccination status up to 72 hours prior to boarding, with the information obtained within the pass – such as travel, health and vaccine status able to be shared with the Federal Government, state and territory public health authorities.
The announcement is the first major step made by the Morrison Government, who have outlined international travel will resume once the country or an individual state or territory reaches the 80 per cent vaccination milestone for the over 16 population.
Outbreaks of the delta variant have forced Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, into lockdown and authorities there are now focusing on ramping up vaccinations instead of trying to eliminate the virus.