China introduces world’s first ‘virus passport’

Web Desk. China has introduced a health certificate program for its citizens traveling internationally, also known as the world’s first ‘virus passport’. This digital certificate will show the user’s vaccination status and virus test results.

The certificate will be available to Chinese citizens through a program on the social media platform WeChat, which was introduced on March 8. Citizens of China, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, will be given the opportunity to benefit from the program. Currently, only Chinese citizens can use this certificate.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the certificate would help revive the world economy and facilitate international travel. The certificate will be available in digital as well as a paper form. However, its use has not yet been declared mandatory. It is not yet clear in which countries the virus passports will be accepted.

Several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, are considering issuing such permits. The European Union is also working on the Vaccine Green Pass, which will allow its citizens to travel to member countries and other regions.

The Chinese program will have an encrypted QR code that will give management access to passenger health details. QR health codes are already being used in WeChat and other smartphone apps for entry into domestic travel and various public places. These apps track user’s location and issue a green code, which is a sign of good health.

Six European countries, including Spain, have supported the Corona Certificate to revive tourism

 

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