Biometric Pass Tested for International Air Travel

The "Health Travel Pass" is made with the goal of securing the long-term use of air-travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

By Joel Davies -

IDEMIA, a global leader in Augmented Identity, is launching “Health Travel Pass”, a worldwide interoperable solution to check international health certificate standards, including PCR test results, immunity tests and vaccination certificates. The aim is to curb the risk of incoming travellers spreading Covid, which in turn helps global business recover, especially airlines that were affected by the pandemic.

Passengers securely receive their health certificate stamped with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Visible Digital Seal, guaranteeing worldwide interoperability with secure encoding using data encryption. The Pass ensures all travellers are covered and is available in various forms from a downloadable Government-issued health app, a PDF document sent by email or a sticker to put on their passport’s visa pages.

As the Pass is linked to a traveller’s identity, it cannot be transferred to anyone else and cannot be copied without appropriate authority. The Pass can also be incorporated into the Digital Travel Credential scheme tested by some countries in conjunction with the ICAO2.

Before check-in, border control or boarding, a biometric match is triggered between the passenger’s face and their passport photo, and the health certificate is verified. IDEMIA says this process for travellers and security staff guarantees convenience and cuts airport congestion when international air travel returns to normal.

“We are all very proud at IDEMIA to offer people a safe way to travel around again, with a solution which is secure, user-friendly, reliable, and totally GDPR compliant. Our Health Travel Pass is a significant step forward in the resumption of international travel”, said Philippe Barreau, IDEMIA’s Executive Vice President in charge of Public Security & Identity.

Idemia travel pass
Idemia’s Travel Pass. Image: Business Wire.

In keeping with data privacy by design, IDEMIA’s Health Travel Pass complies with data privacy regulations. As such, passengers keep total control over their own health data. IDEMIA’s Health Travel Pass is being tested in the Netherlands.

IDEMIA is well-placed to provide a service such as the Health Travel Pass having recently announced that its facial recognition algorithm, “1:N” came top among 75 tested systems and 281 entrants in NIST’s latest FRVT. FRVT measures how well facial recognition systems work for civil, law enforcement and security applications covering accuracy, speed, storage, and memory criteria and are acknowledged to be the gold standard of the global security industry.

The company also revealed it is collaborating with Microsoft to support its new Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) verifiable credentials identity solution, enabling organizations to confirm information about individuals, such as their education, professional or citizenship certifications, without collecting or storing their personal data.

IDEMIA is a global leader in Augmented Identity, which the company say provide a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space. The company provide Augmented Identity for international clients from the Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors with close to 15,000 employees around the world, servicing clients in 180 countries.

You can find more information about IDEMIA on its website.

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