Digital vaccination certificates that link directly into the ‘NHS COVID Pass’ system should be ready in time for increased travel during half term.
From Friday 22 October, 2D bar codes are expected to be available for Bailiwick residents.
The QR codes will confirm the individual’s vaccination status. They will link directly into the ‘NHS COVID Pass’ system and will be integrated into Guernsey's Travel Tracker, from which Bailiwick residents can access an online version of their vaccine certification.
Pictured: Example of a 2D bar code digital vaccination certification in Travel Tracker.
The code will update automatically each time the individual logs onto their Travel Tracker account so it always reflects their up-to-date information.
“Increasingly jurisdictions are asking those travelling or attending events to produce a 2D bar code, including in France, Scotland and Wales,” said the CCA.
“The States of Guernsey has worked closely with NHSx and UK partner organisations to extend access to the 2D bar codes to the Bailiwick. The aim is that these will be available to Islanders in time for the half-term break next week, but this is subject to final agreements and testing being completed.”
Pictured: Ahead of half term, Guernsey Ports is encouraging travellers to take advantage of the 'Twilight Check-in' option, which is available a day before travelling on red eye flights out of the island.
Jason Moriarty, the Strategic Lead for Operational Delivery, said the States “will be working very hard this week” to get the new digital tool live before half-term begins. This is still subject to change and a further confirmatory announcement will be made later this week.
“We appreciate that it’s something many islanders have been asking for, for the past few weeks,” said Mr Moriarty.
“While travellers from the Islands have largely managed well when abroad by using the current paper and digital vaccination certificates, the ability to use these new codes will make it even easier for them especially as, more and more, it becomes the norm for travel and attending various events and venues.”