France is testing a digital health pass, making it the first European country to trial the much-talked-about concept aimed at restarting international travel.
To start, the health pass is trialed on flights to Corsica. This is a French territory in the Mediterranean, Le Monde reported. It will include vaccination certificates on April 29.
Eventually, it will cover international flights. It can also include festivals and concerts, but not for bars and restaurants.
The pass comes as French President Emmanuel Macron wants to ease travel restrictions on international travel in time for the summer. This includes vaccinated Americans. Macron told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday the plan was to “progressively lift the restrictions.”
Going forward, anyone who gets a COVID-19 test in France will receive a text message or email. It gives access to a state-certified online document that can either be printed or people can store it in the TousAntiCovid app, The Guardian reports. Next week the same will be true for those who got the vaccine.
The app will then generate a secure QR code.
France isn’t alone in trialing a digital health pass
France’s Secretary of State for digital transition, Cédric O, says the trial is one part of an Europe-wide system, according to The Guardian. It comes a week after Didier Reynders, the European commissioner for justice, said he expects the EU’s “digital green certificate” to be ready for use by June 21.
France remains on lockdown, closing all non-essential shops and requiring residents to remain within about six miles of their homes.
France isn’t alone in trialing a digital health pass. Denmark is also testing out its own health pass, Coronapas. It is for access to non-essential businesses like hairdressers. On May 6, the country will expand it to include access to restaurants, museums, and movie theaters.
And the Netherlands is trialing a system that allows COVID-19 negative people to attend live events with a CoronaCheck app.