Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system

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With travel and tourism being one of the industries hardest-hit by the coronavirus-pandemic-induced lockdowns, several stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing digital and contactless solutions.

In this vein, Air France has partnered with MedAire, SGS, International SOS and the International Chamber of Commerce to test a blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system.

Beginning March 11, Air France will begin the pilot test of the ICC AOKpass system developed by MedAire and the International SOS. The ICC AOKpass is an app that travelers can install on their smartphones that contains a secure record of their COVID-19 test results from approved labs.

With the app, travelers need not present a paper test result, as the ICC AOKpass will serve as a secure form of verification of the user’s COVID-19 negative status.

According to an announcement on Tuesday, the test will run for four weeks and will cover only the Paris CDG-Pointe-à-Pitre and Paris CDG-Fort-de-France route.

The press statement also reveals that the use of the app will be voluntary for passengers flying the route. Air France said it will share details from the test with all other collaborators in the project to aid in further travel-related health digitization efforts.

Commenting on the need for digital innovation in the travel sector amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Villar, director of customer experience at Air France, stated:

“The test of the AOKpass solution is fully in line with this framework and the process initiated by the establishment of the Air France Protect label. We are convinced that the changes we are going through collectively…

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