Nine out of ten Spaniards would use digital health passports to travel

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Nine out of 10 Spaniards would use digital health passports to travel, according to research published today Wednesday (7/4), while seven out of ten would digitally store their personal health data if that meant faster transit at airports and fewer face-to-face interactions.

The survey, conducted on behalf of the Amadeus travel booking group, showed the willingness of Spaniards surveyed to use digital technology in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as their concerns about how, when and with whom to share this personal data.

Over 35% of respondents expressed concerns about the violation of their personal health data or for lack of transparency and control over where they will be notified.

In March, the Amadeus Group announced that it would be developing a new feature that would allow users to upload documents such as Covid-19 vaccination certificates or PCR test results to the travel company’s existing’s online storage platform.

As the travel industry looks for ways to restart air travel and European countries whose tourism-dependent economies are anxious for the coming summer season, there are growing calls for a harmonized way of exchanging travelers’ health data and greater flexibility in human mobility. .

The European Union has said it hopes to have its own “digital green passport” ready in time for the summer, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announcing the launch of a similar Covid-19 passport this spring.

Spanish design for vaccination passports

Spain, the second most visited country in the world before the pandemic, plans to implement its own pilot program with so-called vaccination passports before the summer, hoping to attract tourists who have been vaccinated.

The rate of infections in the country, as measured in the last 14 days, has risen to 168 cases per 100,000 people today, from 128 cases in mid-March, but is still well below the peak of 900 cases per 100,000 people recorded at the end of January.

The Ministry of Health today recorded 8,788 new cases, bringing the total to 3.33 million, while the number of deaths increased by 126 to 76,037 in total.

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