The VDS-NC Checker appeared on the App Store this week and has already moved up to ninth place in the ranking of the most downloaded iPhone travel apps.
Its rapid rise in the rankings is a testament to the desire of Australians to return abroad.
But the app is actually designed for customs officials and not for travelers, who will have to wait a few more weeks before getting their hands on their own vaccine passports.
“DFAT has sent copies of an international proof of vaccination package to border and health authorities around the world for testing so that we can all safely prepare for reopening once vaccination rates hit targets. required, “said a spokesperson for the department. The New Daily.
Here’s what we know so far.
The QR code that we consider to be an international “vaccine passport” is officially known as the “Visible Digital Seal for Unconstrained Environments”, or VDS-NC for short. It can be digital or paper.
“The vaccination certificate will feature a highly secure QR code using electronic passport technology, as specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization,” a DFAT spokesperson said.
Electronic passports already allow Australians and some other nationalities to go through automated immigration processes at many airports.
“But not all countries issue ePassports, do not have such readers, or have not had the option to modify their readers to consume health data as well as ePassports,” the description reads. of the Australian app.
This is where this technology comes in.
The Australian Government’s VDS-NC Checker app scans QR codes to ensure they are genuine government issued vaccine passports and to confirm that they have not been tampered with.
“If the QR code is genuine, the app displays the most important information from the certificate, including the holder’s biological data and COVID-19 vaccinations,” the app’s description reads.
Border officials can then verify that this information matches that of the traveler.
If it turns out that a vaccine passport is forged, the app will show it.
So far, the app only works with vaccine passports issued by Australia, or VDS-NC.
The app will soon be updated to scan foreign vaccine passports, according to its description on the App Store.
The description of the application implies that it will be used at airports and for ship arrivals.
While vaccination certificates can be integrated into existing ePassports, border staff may only need to use the VDS-NC Checker application for people who do not have these documents.
However, the app can also be used in situations outside of travel.
“Additionally, the need to authenticate VDS-NC certificates will not be limited to borders – healthcare services and other entities will want to process them as well,” the app description says.
Several other states are already working on their own solutions to check people’s immunization status.
Testing of the NSW app will begin in early October.
– This article first appeared in The New Daily
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