What is a covid digital passport? How it works? And how is it issued? What is required of the traveler to get it? Will the Arab countries implement it? And what are the latest conditions for travel to Arab countries in light of the emerging corona virus “Covid-19” pandemic? The answers and more are in this detailed report.
What is a digital passport?
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The document is called “vaccine passport” or “vaccination certificate”, and it will be issued in a digital or paper form, and it will show whether people have received the corona vaccine.
What information will the vaccine passports contain?
The type of vaccine, such as the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine, the British “Astra Zeneca-Oxford” vaccine, the German-American “Pfizer-BioN Tech” vaccine, the American “moderna” vaccine, and the “Moderna” vaccine. The American Novavax, the American Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, and others.
The passport also includes the place of vaccination and the number of doses.
What is the position of the International Air Transport Association “IATA” on the digital passport?
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports this idea, and has launched the IATA Travel Pass , which it explains on its website, saying that to reopen borders without quarantine and restart flights, governments must be confident that they Effectively mitigate the risks of transporting “Covid-19”, which means obtaining accurate information about the health status of passengers, “Covid-19”.
He adds that he promises to inform passengers of the tests, vaccinations and other procedures they need before traveling, and to give them details of where they can take the test. He explains that giving them the ability to share their test and vaccination results in a way that is verifiable, secure and protects privacy is key to giving governments the confidence to open borders. To meet this challenge, the International Air Transport Association launched the IATA Travel Pass.
A few days ago, the union warned of possible chaos at global airports unless governments moved quickly to adopt the digital health passport.
“Without a digital solution to coronavirus testing, we could see the potential for major airport disruptions on the horizon,” IATA said in a report.
The report added, “The average waiting and reception times for travelers doubled than it was before the crisis, during the peak time, and reached 3 hours, and this is unacceptable.”
He explained that travel procedures for each flight took an average of 1.5 hours from the passenger, before the pandemic, including check-in, finalizing security procedures, border control, customs, and claiming baggage.
“Current data indicates that airport check-in times have doubled to 3 hours during peak time, with traffic dropping by only 30%.”
He said, “The time spent in airport operations can reach 5.5 hours per flight, when traffic levels rise up to 75%, and 8 hours wait per flight, with flight traffic levels reaching 100% compared to the movement recorded before the pandemic.”
The report said that check-in procedures are currently taking the longest time, as travel credentials are checked mainly as paper documents.
Qatar Airways is the first in the Middle East
Qatar Airways was the first airline in the Middle East to begin testing the mobile application “Digital Passport” , in cooperation with IATA, the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, the Primary Health Care Corporation, and Hamad Medical Corporation, on March 11.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are a strong supporter of the use of digital solutions in the aviation industry to help passengers travel safely and securely under the complex and ever-changing restrictions around the world.”
He added, “We are confident in the reliability of the IATA Digital Passport as the most innovative and reliable solution in the aviation sector, due to its superior ability to comply with data privacy and its continuous updates regarding entry restrictions to countries, as well as its ability to provide integrated solutions. We are at the forefront of companies committed to using the latest innovative solutions, and we are the first airline in the Middle East and one of the first airlines in the world to experiment with this innovative technology.”
Al Baker concluded, “With strict data privacy regulations, the IATA’s digital passport is an important step in confirming the success and effectiveness of the global standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the digital passport.”
Digital passport in Arab countries
Until now, the digital passport in the Arab countries has not been officially or fully implemented or as a mandatory requirement for travel, and as we mentioned, Qatar was a pioneer in its experiment. However, many Arab countries currently require certain health conditions, which may actually be a kind of health passport. Corona checks that must be shown when traveling and vaccinations are the same information that will be included in the digital health passport.
What are the latest travel conditions for Arab countries?
These are the latest conditions for travel to some Arab countries, until today, Wednesday, the second of June. This information is from sources and websites and is for guidance only, and to verify the health conditions of travel, please check with the official authorities in the country you intend to travel to.
All arrivals to the State of Qatar who obtained a virus-free certificate that did not exceed the date of obtaining it 48 hours before travel are required to sign an official pledge to adhere to the home quarantine for a period of one week, bearing in mind that the person’s status in the “Ehteraz” application will be yellow, meaning that he is obligated to quarantine.
The procedures depend on where the person comes from, and whether or not he received the vaccination. For example, those coming to the State of Qatar from countries not mentioned in the Green List countries who did not receive the vaccine or did not contract “Covid-19” are required to obtain a negative “Covid-19” smear test result (BCR) from a health center Approved by the local Ministry of Health in the country of departure within 72 hours before their arrival in the State of Qatar.Some categories may be subject to a “Covid-19” examination upon arrival at the airport as determined by the Ministry of Public Health.
Then they are subject to a hotel quarantine at their own expense for a week, provided that the hotel accommodation is booked through the “Discover Qatar” website before arriving in the State of Qatar. After that, a coronavirus test is performed on the sixth day of their stay at the hotel.
If the result is negative, the quarantine period ends at the end of the week, and the person’s condition changes in the application of precaution to green, but if the result is positive, the person is transferred to isolation in one of the facilities designated for that.
Arrival travelers must show a negative PCR result, issued no later than 96 hours from the time of their arrival at the check-in counters, and the result should be issued by an accredited laboratory recognized by the authorities of the departure destination A second PCR examination may be conducted for some groups after arrival, and travelers who received the second dose of the vaccine in selected countries are exempted from showing a PCR examination certificate prior to travel.
Passengers arriving from countries that have reported new COVID-19 cases are required to undergo a test upon arrival.
All passengers over the age of 6 years are required to present a negative PCR test result, issued 72 hours before (96 hours in some cases) from the time of arrival.
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Tourists are not required to quarantine, but they must have a confirmed hotel reservation, and they must show a negative result for the “Covid-19” examination, which must be issued within a maximum of 72 hours from the date of departure to enter Morocco.
All non-Saudi passengers (except children under the age of 8) coming to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must submit a negative PCR result issued by an accredited laboratory within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to departure. From 20 May additional testing will be required for those who have not been fully vaccinated or are not considered ‘immunised’.
All travelers are required to show a negative certificate for the PCR test, which is valid for 72 hours from the date of its conduct, and people who “did not receive the vaccine” or “recovered from the virus” are exempted from quarantine provided that the result of the PCR test is shown before 72 hours from arrival.
Arrival travelers must bring a negative result for the “Covid-19” examination, which must be issued a maximum of 96 hours before the flight time (72 hours for those coming from the United Kingdom, South Africa and the Netherlands), and children under 6 years are exempted.
Incoming travelers must show a negative result for the “Covid-19” examination, which must be issued within a maximum period of 72 hours from the date of arrival.
From June 1, those who have received the vaccine will not have to take a PCR test, but they must show a certificate confirming that they have received the vaccine.
The requirements for the examinations depend on the emirate to which the traveler arrives. Typically, this includes a certificate with a negative BCR scan result, to be carried out no later than 72 or 96 hours from the time of departure, and in some cases another test is required upon arrival. Children in the first category identified above will undergo a mandatory BCR examination upon arrival.
Passengers are required to submit a negative PCR test result, provided that it is issued within a maximum period of 72 hours from the date of arrival to enter Oman, and they must also perform another examination when the 7-day quarantine ends.
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Travelers who have received the vaccine from GCC countries will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. Those coming from countries that are not included in the “red list” who have received the vaccine may be exempted, depending on the vaccine certificate and the place of issuance. The majority of other travelers must adhere to a 10-day quarantine.
Quarantine and COVID-19 screening requirements may vary depending on their country, vaccination status, type of vaccine certificate and the health facility that issued it.
And in May, Bahrain’s Gulf Air announced that it had begun testing the IATA health passport on its flights to London, Athens and Singapore. This came in a statement by the government company reported by the official Bahrain News Agency and carried by Anadolu Agency.