France has begun trialling a digital coronavirus travel certificate, becoming the first EU member state to begin experimenting with such technology.
The TousAntiCovid app, which has thus far been used as a contact tracing service, can now store Covid test results on customers’ smartphones within the ‘carnet’ (booklet) feature of the app.
The TousAntiCovid app will be trialled on flights to Ajaccio in Corsica this week, with Air France and Air Corsica informing their eligible customers beforehand. This will be followed by trials to France’s overseas territories in the next few weeks.
French citizens who have taken a Covid test will now receive a text or email from the lab with a document featuring a QR code, which can be scanned to upload test results (both PCR and antigen) directly to the app. Those who do not wish to use the app can print out a certificate instead, which also features the QR code. According to Le Monde, this will be extended to incorporate vaccination results from April 29.
Denmark, too, has begun a trial of its ‘coronapas’, a digital app which stores vaccination records, test results or proof of a previous Covid infection. The Danish health pass is currently being used for domestic purposes, allowing citizens to access facilities such as hairdressers and beauty salons, while France’s digital health passport is also being rolled out for travel purposes.