As the U.S. tries to get more of a handle on coronavirus and more people are getting their “Fauchi Ouchie,” more people are traveling. Right now that travel is mainly domestic, since the vast majority of other countries are still not open to foreign visitors. However widespread international travel will hopefully be in our grasp more sooner than later.
Digital Health Passports, or Vaccine Passports, are big in the news right now. As I’ve read newspapers from other countries, it’s more a matter of “the decision has been made and we’re going to use them; it’s just a matter of the planning.” In the U.S., we’re just getting to a place of, “Should we have/require them or not?”
For what it’s worth, despite talking points about “freedom of movement and assembly” and “widening the social divide,” a study was just done and 91% of those surveyed say they would be comfortable with a “vaccine passport” style app.
The study was commissioned by German travel technology firm Amadeus, and conducted by Censuswide, an international market research consultancy headquartered in London. They researched the opinions of 9,055 travelers in France, Spain, Germany, India, UAE, Russia, Singapore, U.K. and U.S.
The study found that 91% of travelers felt comfortable with the idea of using a digital health passport for future trips. However there was one caveat that 93% of travelers had some concerns about how their health data for travel would be stored. Some of those concerns included:
- Security risks with personal information being hacked (38%)
- Privacy concerns regarding what health information would need to be shared (35%)
- Lack of transparency and control over where the data would be shared (30%)
Some other interesting data that came from the data:
- 74% of travelers surveyed would be willing to store their travel health data electronically if it enabled them to pass through the airport faster, with fewer face-to-face interactions
- 72% of travelers surveyed would be willing to store their travel health data electronically if it enabled them to travel to more destinations
- 68% of travelers agreed they would be more likely to share their health data if the airlines they most frequently travel with offered a way to store their travel health data
- 62% of travelers would be more likely to use an app to store their health data if a travel company partnered with a trusted healthcare company
More survey results can be found on Amadeus’ web site.
The U.S. government is currently, what’s the word, “wishy washy” about vaccine passports. They’re not sure if they want them all the time, some of the time, or what. If they do want them, they don’t want to be in charge of them – but they’re still mulling who should. And, of course, a few states have already put bans on vaccine passports, at least for state matters.
I suspect that, at least for a while, digital health passports are going to be the way to eventually travel between countries. It’s a good thing that 91% of us are OK with them.
Feature Photo: Jernej Furman / flickr
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