Tourism officials in Hawaii announced that domestic travelers with a SMART Health Card can bypass quarantine requirements by using the CommonPass app to digitally verify their vaccine status.

The CommonPass app collects lab results and vaccination records and demonstrates the documents meet the health screening requirements of each destination, including Hawaii, which is now permitting vaccinated U.S. visitors into the state.

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Domestic travelers with the SMART Health Card digital record can use CommonPass to verify they’ve been vaccinated and waive the testing requirements that have been in place for Hawaii visitors since October.

CommonPass users will be instantly verified when they confirm their vaccination status in Safe Travels, allowing them to bypass select quarantine requirements and streamline entry into the state.

“CommonPass provides passengers, airlines and governments with a trusted system to digitally verify that a traveler meets entry requirements upon arrival,” The Commons Project Foundation CEO Paul Meyer said. “We’re thrilled to partner with the State of Hawaii to offer CommonPass as a secure health verification option for domestic travelers as they return to travel, making the process easier for all stakeholders.”

For tourists who do not upload a SMART Health Card vaccine credential to CommonPass, they can complete a COVID-19 test at any approved lab to verify their health status, allowing them to skip quarantine upon arrival in Hawaii.

Passengers on select Hawaiian and United Airlines flights have been piloting the technology since early April. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) revealed nearly 630,000 travelers flew to the Hawaiian Islands in May 2021, with the numbers expected to continue climbing.

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Rome — The coronavirus pandemic has made travel more complicated for everyone, from airlines to security personnel and, of course, passengers. Europe has started cutting some of the red tape limiting international travel with its own version of a COVID-19 “passport.”

Now, for many Europeans looking to move around the continent, the “Green Pass” is as important an item to check off the travel preparation list as tickets and bags.

Italy's Covid-19 Green Pass For Post-Vaccine Travel
A man shows his COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate, or “Green Pass,” to show his vaccination and COVID-19 testing status for travel, on June 30, 2021, in Turin, Italy.

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As CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay reports, at check-in, passengers can now use the smartphone app to show they’ve been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from the virus before they board.

“We’re lucky to have an app that’s so easy to use,” said Leo Roussell as he prepared to fly from Paris to Corsica.

Livesay gave the Green Pass app a try himself in Rome, and he also found it pretty straight forward.  

“We need to reconnect people and societies in a safe way,” said Ivan Bassato, the chief aviation officer for Rome’s airports. “People don’t travel only for holiday. They travel to meet parents that they haven’t seen in more than a year. During a pandemic, we need to ensure as an industry that it’s done safely.”

The Green Pass, said Bassato, “is a very smart, safe tool to ensure that these conditions are observed.”

To be clear, no one is forcing Europeans to use the app. Many people still carry hard copies of their COVID-19 information, to prove vaccination status or recent test results.

As for concerns about handing over sensitive health data, there’s nothing on the app that travelers aren’t required to hand over already — information like names and when you had your last COVID test.

What the app does, however, is slash the time it takes officials to check all those records at travel hubs among travelers from different countries, in different formats and languages.


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Without the Green Pass, American travelers like Eleni Makriannis and James Shay have to keep track of their various coronavirus-related documents on their own.

“It’s a lot of paperwork,” Makriannis told CBS News.

“I think every country should have something at that nationalized level, for the citizens’ safety,” said Shay.

“Something electronic versus a piece of paper,” added Makriannis.

At the Rome airport, Bassato said a similar system in the U.S. would make travel easier for everyone – Europeans going to the U.S. and Americans coming to Europe. But given how much the notion of a “COVID passport” has been politicized, he said he didn’t expect anything like it in the U.S. anytime soon.  

Daviess County officials are making getting around the county easier. The Daviess County Commissioners approved the addition of an event manager program to the county’s mapping system.

“This just piggy backs onto the current mapping system that we have,” said Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius. “But what it does is allow us to add real time closures. It is really a public safety addition.”

Authorities say that the map will be able to show where the county highway has closed a road. That does not just help motorists, it also first responders.

“Say we have a road closed for a day to replace a pipe and an ambulance gets called to someone along that road,” said Cornelius. “Emergency crews will know where the closure is and save time by taking a route that will avoid the closure.”

Authorities say the system can be used for any type of closure. It could be used to help re-route traffic around an accident or someplace where police are involved with a stand-off. It could also be used during flooding to help people avoid high water.

Most people should be able to call up the map on their phone by putting wthgis in their web browser and then going to Daviess County.

The cost to add the event manager to the county’s mapping site is $4,300 per year with an annual maintenance fee of $1,700.

In other business, the highway department received approval on bids for a pair of road projects. The commissioners accepted the bid from E&B Paving to repave two county roads in the WestGate Tech Park. One was for $122,528 to repave CR 1400 E. through the tech park. That project will be paid for with a Community Crossings grant.

A second road project on CR 1650 N. from SR 558 to the entrance of the WestGate Academy will be paid for out of county funds at a cost of slightly more than $29,000.

“We had originally put both projects in our Community Crossings application, but for some reason the state cut out the CR 1650 N. project,” said Cornelius. “Since E&B will be there to do the one project it only made sense for us to have them do the other one.”

Cornelius also reported that work is underway on phase four of the Cannelburg Road project. Utility relocations are underway. The road is closed between CR 100 N. and CR 200 N. to all but local traffic. The detour runs from U.S. 50 to CR 650 E. to CR 550 N.

The commissioners  also approved the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a speed study near the Painted Acres subdivision.

At the request of  county auditor Patty Ball,  the county extended the contract for one year on a recording system used for meetings. The $870 contract will provide a back-up system for the one currently in use in the annex. It will also provide recording equipment when the commissioners do their off-site meetings.

The health department received permission

International travel could soon take off again, sans quarantine. 

A new app from the International Air Travel Association (IATA) that will let airline and government officials log and share travelers’ health information, like COVID-19 results and vaccination statuses, is slated to be available in March, and free to passengers via both IOS and Android platforms, according to its website. 

A new app from the International Air Travel Association making it easier for travelers to avoid quarantine is launching in the coming weeks. 

A new app from the International Air Travel Association making it easier for travelers to avoid quarantine is launching in the coming weeks. 
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The IATA Travel Pass works by alerting passengers to the health requirements of their destinations in order to be allowed entry, and provide a health itinerary of sorts, with information on requirements, testing centers, and even the ability to schedule appointments. A “digital passport” feature is included for receiving and storing digital vaccination or testing information, which can be shared with airlines or other authorities “to facilitate travel.” 

“With this app, IATA also aims to provide governments with the confidence to reopen borders without imposing quarantines on incoming travelers,” the IATA says on its website.

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Singapore Airlines will be among the first to test run the app, followed by trails with Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Copay Airlines and another 15 others, according to IATA.  IATA says it also received an endorsement from Panama, and is in talks with other governments.

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“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures,” IATA  CEO Alexandre de Juniac had previously stated of the idea in November. “The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements. We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation.” 

People wait for passengers at one of the International Arrivals halls at London Heathrow Airport in west London on February 14, 2021

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A new app, set to launch within weeks, could mark the first step in resuming quarantine-free international travel.

The International Air Travel Association (IATA) travel app will allow governments and airlines to digitally collect, access and share information on the status of individual passengers’ Covid-19 test and vaccination.

The industry body, of which 290 airlines are members, said the tool will bring greater “efficiency” to health documentation checks, while speeding up the recovery of the hard-hit travel sector.

“It’s really about digitizing an existing process,” Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for airport passenger cargo and security, told CNBC Wednesday.

If we do manual processing, we will come to a grinding halt the minute we begin to see a restart.

Nick Careen

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“This is the way forward, because if we do manual processing, we will come to a grinding halt the minute we begin to see a restart,” he said.

Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to pilot the tool on an end-to-end London Heathrow route. Thirty other airlines, including Air New Zealand, as well as Emirates and Etihad in the UAE, are set to conduct trials through March and April.

IATA is not alone in developing so-called digital health passports intended to restart cross-border travel. International agencies, governments and tech companies are all also pitching in. But Careen said he hopes the app will establish a “minimum set of requirements” to allow for greater interoperability.

“Eventually you’ll see multiple people in this space,” he said, “but we’re setting the baseline in terms of what the standard needs to be.”

With the new app and continued vaccine rollouts, the global airline association estimates that travel could reach around 50% of 2019 levels by the end of this year.

Analysts had previously expected a greater pick up in travel in early 2021, but the continued spread of the virus and the emergence of new strains have pushed back those expectations.

“That’s the current economic forecast,” said Careen. “There’s a lot of variables that play into that.”

(CNN) — A new app to help travelers store and manage their certifications for Covid-19 tests and vaccines is set to launch next month.

The IATA Travel Pass is being developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association of which 290 airlines are a member.

The IATA hopes the free-to-use mobile app will be the key to reopening borders and getting the world flying again — without the need for quarantine.

Billing itself as “a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding Covid-19 passenger travel requirements,” the Travel Pass app works in four ways.

First, there’s a global registry of health requirements, so passengers can check what’s needed in order to enter the destinations they hope to visit.

After that, travelers can check out the global registry of testing and vaccination centers so they can set up appointments before their departure.

Authorized labs and test centers can then securely share test and vaccination certificates with passengers through the app.

And finally, travelers can manage their digital identity for contactless travel: creating a digital version of their passport on their phone, receiving and sharing Covid-19 testing or vaccination certificates, and managing other travel documentation, too.

Says the IATA on its website, “To reopen borders without quarantine, governments need to be confident that they are mitigating

the risk of importing Covid-19. Testing or proof of vaccine is the solution.”

“Whatever governments plans are, we’ll be ready to help them with the IATA Travel Pass,” said IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac recently on his blog.

This new digital platform is a modernization of the existing system of paper test and vaccine certificates. At the moment it only deals with Covid-19 certification, but it has the potential to be expanded in the future according to need.

“Governments decide the requirements to travel; airlines and passengers need to comply,” says the IATA on its website, emphasizing that the airline body is not itself mandating that passengers must have a Covid-19 vaccine in order to travel.

The IATA Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use and the iOS and android launch is scheduled for the end of March.

Singapore Airlines will at that stage be the partner for the roll-out of the first full pilot, which is to be followed by a pilot with the International Airlines Group (IAG) and trials with around 20 airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Copa Airlines and RwandAir.

The IATA Travel Pass isn’t the only solution in development. There are multiple travel passes primed to enter the market.

The nonprofit Commons Project Foundation’s cloud-designed CommonPass is already being used in a limited manner by airlines, while computing giant IBM has had a worldwide team working on its “Digital Health Pass” for nine months

The IATA Travel Pass is being built using four open-sourced interoperable modules that be can be used together as a whole solution or in combination with solutions created by other providers. Says the