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COVID Passports?

March 3, 2021

From our BORDERPOL Global Forum Members

Responses were interesting and are extracted here from our LinkedIn site BORDERPOL Global Forum.

Ago Tikk
Border management/risk analysis/ consultant-trainer at CIRAM Consultancy Ltd

Categorical NO! Why?
In the era where we are moving towards digitisation and reducing our ecological footprint due to our senseless consumption habits, it is unacceptable to return to the stone age. By saying that I am thinking of cutting not just rain forest but any other forest to make paper for passports is a crime, and what for --> to choose a solution which qualifies as more inconvenient for travellers, and less secure for border control authorities.
I do understand the business interests of paper and passport producers, stamp and ink producers but this is not the way to go.
We already have e-readable passports, e-readable ID cards, not to mention all other kinds of contactless technology-based cards or smartphone integrated solutions. Depending on countries' level of tech development and readiness to provide a wide range of different e-services, all the above mentioned technologies can be developed further or where they have been not found use in practice, should be forced being made "must".
Find a way, excluding the idea of tagging people with chips (implants), based on an already existing variety of solutions.
Ask Estonia and their experiences with digital ID and Smart ID...All I need to interact with my government and all state-provided services (social, medical, pensions, property, etc) + banks and payments, is a smartphone with a mobile ID or Smart-ID app. I don't need a paper prescription from doctor nor password cards or pin calculators. Too difficult?
OK..QR mobile solutions, what about this one? We all know that use of paper tickets, boarding passes is a past. So all we need, is that the world has to come to a common agreement in regard to the standard, what minimum information, that QR code should transmit, is required and voila.
Not so hard...if there is a real will

Karoly Molnar
Customs and Law Enforcement Expert

An immunity passport could prove a person has been vaccinated
They might be given more freedom about gathering in public places and travelling. So I support this idea. The main problem is the acceptance of vaccines at national level. For example Poland do not accept a vaccination certificate or immunity passport if Russian Sputnik V or any Chinese vaccine was used for vaccination and it is registered in these documents.

Andrea Hadlington, CAIB, CPIB
Business Development Manager at OTIP RAEO

What about just a straight up vaccination passport that includes everything.

Let us know what you think!