VFS Global, Affinidi's Unifier and Accredify are working together to provide an end-to-end digital solution for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) testing for Singapore bound travellers from Indonesia.
Given the gradual easing of restrictions by countries, safeguarding of public health and traveller safety becomes essential. Thus, a smart and reliable COVID-19 testing and verification solution is a prerequisite for restarting international travel.
The partnership aims to provide a convenient solution for all travellers who are required to undergo pre-departure testing – a mandatory requirement for travellers entering Singapore from countries classified as high risk.
VFS Global, Accredify and Affinidi's Unifier are leveraging their strengths and capabilities in the healthcare, travel and technology space to provide a secure and reliable solution to stakeholders within the travel ecosystem.
Starting with enabling travellers to seamlessly book their mandatory pre-departure COVID-19 swab test and keeping a copy of the swab's results online via VFS Global's network of accredited laboratories.
Through Accredify's tamper-proof HealthCert solution, the traveller's test results can be used for verification purposes by relevant authorities. Unifier then enables airlines and immigration authorities to digitally verify the authenticity of the COVID-19 test results using a simple QR code scan and matching the health credentials against entry requirements of the destination country.
"Following IATA's announcement that personal travel could return in the second half of 2021, there is a need for services which provide travellers with a seamless process of pre-travel preparation and authorities with an efficient solution to facilitate the regulated health screening of travellers,” said Quah Zheng Wei, CEO & Co-founder, Accredify.
“We're delighted to partner with VFS Global to realise this solution for both travellers and authorities, beginning with the Southeast Asian and East Asian region."
Using Unifier and HealthCerts tamper-proof swab result, the time taken for airline staff and immigration authorities to verify a passenger's COVID-19 test result is greatly reduced while awarding assurance to authorities within seconds. This enables a more efficient and convenient travel experience for both travellers and border authorities.
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