Blockchain-powered COVID-19 Passports Testing to Begin in February

The first real-world testing of blockchain-based digital passports containing a traveler’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination status will take place as soon as February.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will soon roll out blockchain-based passports that digitally store an individual’s health information — specifically, their COVID-19 testing and vaccination status.

Known as the IATA Travel Pass will be stored in a user’s smartphone in the form of an app. The app would also broadcasts information to relevant governments, vaccination centers and airlines.

Four major airlines have signed up for the program thus far. Singapore Airlines and British Airways plan to begin the first phase of testing in February, while Etihad and Emirates currently forecast an April launch date.