Affinidi Travel, the travel division of Singapore-based technology company Affinidi, is working with authorities in Singapore on an ongoing pilot programme to digitally verify the validity of overseas vaccination certificates of travellers entering the country via the vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs).
Under the VTLs, travelers will be allowed to enter Singapore without the need to serve stay-home notice if they are fully vaccinated. Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders arriving from the countries utilising the VTL will need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass and get their vaccination status checked prior to entry into Singapore.
Affinidi Travel’s verification solution, Unifier, has been integrated into the government-designated website through a pilot programme to ensure that vaccination certificates issued by the VTL countries and presented for entry to Singapore by VTL travellers are authentic, and that only travellers who meet the VTL criteria are allowed into Singapore.
The Unifier leverages privacy-preserving and interoperable technology to digitally verify various requirements and standards to determine the validity of overseas vaccination certificates. With Unifier in place, authorities can verify health credentials efficiently, while guarding against fraudulent certificates. Unifier is well-positioned to verify certificates from other countries in future, as and when the VTL is expanded.
Gina Chiang, vice president and general manager, health and travel, Affinidi, said: “As Singapore reopens its borders to more travellers, strong safeguards are needed to ensure that public health is not compromised, especially while the Covid-19 situation remains volatile due to changing restrictions, and stakeholders are dealing with high volumes of travellers’ data on a daily basis.
“This is why we remain committed to working closely with Singapore authorities to enable the verification of health certifications in a seamless, secure and privacy-preserving manner that is essential to facilitating safe travels around the world.”