Denmark is launching a first-ever so-called coronavirus passport in Europe. The travelers can use it for traveling internationally and domestically. Danish citizens must first apply for the test through the official website given by the government. If they test negative, they can download an official coronavirus certificate. By logging into the country’s national health website using their NemID.
However, if the citizens have tested negative for the coronavirus. Then only they can download the official document within the last seven days
.Parents will also be able to secure a Covid-19 passport for their children using their own NemID login. Children over the age of 15 will be able to log in and receive a passport themselves.
COVID-19 vs Immunity Passport
Certainly, this is a kind of innovation that us different from the more controversial immunity passports. The immunity passport allows people to prove that they have had the illness and are now likely to be safe.
Instead, this new Danish innovation will help people show that they were not positive in a highly recent test, ministers say.
However, there are some health care centers and local authorities that issue letters to people stating negative COVID-19 test. It is thought this will be a time such a system has been tried in Europe at a national level.
“With the new Covid-19 passport, we now have a digital offering for Danes. Who needs to be able to bring official documentation of a test on their journey,” said health minister Magnus Heunicke while announcing the innovation.
The citizens can apply for the test through the country’s national health website. However, if their test comes back negative, they can download the passport within a week.
Advantage of COVID-19 Passports
It could prove useful in situations where the travelers have to show a negative test proof of coronavirus. such as that on the country’s Swedish border where officials now require Swedes to show proof of a negative test. Before allowing travelers to cross into Denmark.
Welcoming the initiative, Michael Svane, chief executive of the Confederation of Danish Transport, said: “It will certainly help Danes who have to travel with work or privately.
“We are in a time when, as a traveler, you encounter many obstacles. But the Covid-19 passport is easy to access and very easy to use.”
The World Health Organisation has not shared their views about the COVID-19 passport yet.
Meanwhile, immunity passports will remain unused. These, advocates argue, could be granted to people who could prove they had previously had the illness and were therefore unlikely to contract it a second time or be contagious.
The WHO has cautioned against them saying that the extent of immunity acquired from having had the infection is not yet known and it remains possible that people could become contagious for a second time.