Good Health Pass: A New Cross-Sector Initiative to Restore Global Travel and Restart the Global Economy

Published by Good Health Pass Collaborative

February 9, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – ID2020 is proud to announce the launch of the Good Health Pass Collaborative along with leading individual companies and organizations in the technology, health, and travel sectors – including the Airport Council International, Commons Project Foundation, Covid Credential Initiative, [Daon], Evernym, Hyperledger, IBM, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Linux Foundation Public Health, Lumedic, Mastercard, Trust Over IP Foundation, and others – that have already endorsed the effort. 

The Good Health Pass Collaborative is an open, inclusive, cross-sector initiative to create a blueprint for interoperable digital health pass systems that will help restore global travel and restart the global economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every segment of the global economy, but none as profoundly as travel and tourism. Last year, airlines lost an estimated $118.5 billion USD with related impacts across the economy in excess of $2 trillion USD.

In conjunction with the announcement, the Collaborative also released its first white paper, entitled, Good Health Pass: A Safe Path to Global Reopening.

Collaboration Among a New Ecosystem of Players

“There’s one thing the world agrees on – we need to address the health concerns today to support a return to normalcy,” said Ajay Bhalla, President of Cyber & Intelligence at Mastercard. “Delivering a global, interoperable health pass system can only happen if we come together in a way that meets the needs of everyone involved. This Collaborative will be critical in helping to define how we connect the pieces that will bring travel back safely, spark job creation and jumpstart the world’s economic engine.”

Various efforts are currently underway to develop digital health credentials systems – both vaccination and test certificates – for international travel. Yet, despite this race to market, it is unlikely that a single solution will be implemented universally – or even across the entire travel industry. Thus, it is critical that solutions are designed from the onset to be interoperable – both with one another and across institutional and geographic borders.

The Good Health Pass Collaborative is not intended to supplant existing efforts, but rather to help weave them together, fill gaps where they may exist, and facilitate collaboration among a new ecosystem of stakeholders, many of whom have never worked together before.

“Fragmentation is a risk we simply cannot ignore,” said ID2020 Executive Director, Dakota Gruener. “To be valuable to users, credentials need to be accepted at check-in, upon arrival by 

border control agencies, and more. We can get there – even with multiple systems – as long as solutions adhere to open standards and participate in a common governance framework. But without these, fragmentation is inevitable, and travelers – and the economy – will continue to suffer needlessly as a result.”

Global Travel & Digital Health Credentials

COVID-19 test results are already required for entry at some airports and at international borders. But existing paper-based certificates are easy to lose, unnecessarily expose sensitive personal information, and are prone to fraud and counterfeiting.

By contrast, digital health credentials can be printed (e.g. as a QR code) or stored on an individual’s mobile phone. They enhance user privacy, and “bind” an individual’s identity to their test result or vaccination certificate, thus enabling real-time, fraud-resistant digital verification.

“Our health data consists of the most sensitive personal information, deserving of the strongest privacy,” said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security By Design Centre. “Release of our health data must be under our personal control. The Good Health Pass does just that. With Privacy by Design embedded throughout, you control the release of your digital health data, and to whom; all de-identified and decentralized, privacy and functionality. Win/Win!”

The World Health Organization recently convened the Smart Vaccination Certificate Consortium to establish standards for vaccination certificates, but no analogous effort currently exists for test certificates. Given that it is expected to take years for vaccines to be universally available globally, widespread testing will remain an essential public health tool – and one that must continue alongside vaccination to ensure a safe and equitable return to public life.

The Good Health Pass Collaborative has defined four primary requirements that digital health credential systems for international travel must satisfy:

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The Good Health Pass Collaborative welcomes the participation of policymakers and representatives of government agencies; companies in the health, technology, and travel sectors; and civil society organizations who share our commitment to restoring international travel while ensuring that equity, privacy, and other civil liberties are protected.

Daon proudly supports The Good Health Pass Collaborative. For the full list of endorsing organizations, click here

About ID2020

ID2020 is a global public-private partnership that harnesses the collective power of nonprofits, corporations, and governments to promote the adoption and ethical implementation of user- managed, privacy-protecting, and portable digital identity solutions.

Contact: Ethan Veneklasen
Phone: (510) 240-9081
Email: ethan@id2020.org