New digital pass to check vaccine status on arrival in Australia


Australia will soon deploy a digital border pass for the next traveler, which records details such as passenger vaccination status 72 hours before boarding the plane.

The consulting firm Accenture has been appointed by the Government of Morrison to provide a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) alternative to the COVID-19 Australia Travel Declaration Web Form and Incoming Passenger Cards.

DPD “collects, validates, and shares” Australian Government-approved travel, health, and vaccine status information with state and territory health authorities.

DPD testing will begin first before it is widely deployed across major Australian airports.

Interior Minister Karen Andrews said all Australians are looking forward to returning foreign travelers to the country.

“DPD supports the safe reopening of the Australian border by providing digitally validated COVID-19 vaccination details,” she said in a press release on September 13.

“This will welcome the growing number of Australian homes and welcome tourists, travelers, international students, skilled workers, overseas friends and family who were all missing during the pandemic. I can do it.”

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The empty departure drop-off area of ​​Sydney Domestic Airport Qantas Terminal will be seen on June 27, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (MarkKolbe / Getty Images)

Employment Minister Stuart Robert, who is in charge of data and digital policy, said DPD technology can be reused to provide other government services.

“Comprehensive digitization programs can include visas, import licenses, personal identification cards, licenses, registrations and other documents, making the previously tedious process easier, safer and more transparent. “I will,” he said in a press release.

Dawson’s Congressman George Christensen said some form of international travel needs to be verified given the different rules in each country.

He also said residents could not refuse to return to Australia because of the status of the vaccine.

“It may be temporarily restricted due to logistics, but we can’t stop returning to the country just because we haven’t received medical treatment,” he told The Epoch Times.

Former Queensland Prime Minister and current senator candidate Campbell Newman said there were two concerns about DPD.

“First, the department and this minister (Roberts) monitored very problematic outcomes in terms of implementation. Mr. Newman mistakenly raised $ 1.2 billion (US $ 880 million) from Australians in automated debt. He told The Epoch Times, referring to the recovery system, Robodebut.

“Secondly, it’s a bit unclear about this whole range. In the face of it, someone came to Australia and it’s streamlining the process and it’s great,” he said. “But depending on what the agenda really is and some of the comments being made … it includes tracking, controlling and monitoring large databases of Australians returning as well as foreigners. , A bigger brother. “

Daniel Y. Ten