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Australia: Digital Vaccine Passport in the Works

Australia: Digital Vaccine Passport in the Works

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Australia—The Australian government is processing the much-awaited digital vaccine passport needed by all travelers coming into Australia. IT services company Accenture will be building the technology for the said passport. 

The Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) will be replacing the physical incoming passenger cards and COVID-19 Australian Travel Declaration forms. Accenture will work together with Home Affairs later this year, and the new technology will undergo significant testing before deployment in Australian airports.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Australia is developing a digital vaccine passport needed for international travel.
  • Accenture was selected to build the technology of the digital vaccine passport.

An exciting feature of the digital vaccine passport is that it will be linked to the QR code vaccination certificate and capture important information up to 72 hours before the traveler boards the plane. According to Karen Andrews, Minister of Home Affairs, the Digital Passenger Declaration will be a crucial tool in the safe reopening of Australia to tourists, travelers, workers, and international students.

There is no definite timeline for the use of the DPD, according to the federal government. But once it is ready to roll out, its other uses may be considered, such as import permits, visas, licenses, and other important documents.

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