ICAO VDS Seal achieves greater international acceptance
"This is a priority for the international community, several countries are actively collaborating in appropriate formats for their national health tests," confirmed Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar
With countries working to restore global travel and trade through aviation, the need to provide travelers with verifiable health tests has become an urgent global concern.
ICAO's new Visible Digital Seal (VDS), originally adopted by countries for travel document verification, is now gaining greater international acceptance as an affordable and efficient solution to this critical global challenge.
"This is an urgent priority for the international community, several countries are actively collaborating with ICAO in appropriate formats for their national health tests," confirmed the Secretary General of ICAO, Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar.
"Considering the basic security and information aspects involved, the new VDS is an important part of our recommendations to facilitate travel in the current circumstances," he noted, "and we are also cooperating closely with industry and others, now issuing codes similar 2D bar systems, to ensure a seamless global system is the bottom line. "
ICAO and the European Union are currently working to ensure compatibility between VDS certificates and European digital COVID certificates, with specific international implementation guidelines that expected shortly.
Other regions and countries are conducting their own assessments as they continue to take advantage of the positive health outcomes obtained through vaccination.
“The global consensus on safe and conveniently implemented solutions, such as the ICAO VDS, greatly benefits the safety and efficiency of international aviation. It also benefits the many millions of people around the world who depend directly on air connectivity for their basic economic survival, ”explained Mr. Salazar.
The ICAO VDS Guidelines and Specifications are publicly available to support their efficient global implementation.
The use of certificates certifying vaccination status and test results, as part of a State's overall COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy, is outlined in detailed aviation response and recovery guidelines issued by the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Working Group (CART).