African Union member states will from this month start using digital Covid-19 certificates as one way of eliminating travel restrictions that were occassioned by outbreak of coronavirus.
In the new digital application from Econet Wireless and PanaBios which was certified by AU and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) will assist travellers to comply with Covid-19 travel protocols and share vital information to end double testing across the continent.
The application will also share information about the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements applicable to the entire stretch of passengers’ journey across Africa.
This happens as the AU works closely with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat to reduce number of non-trade barriers in the wake of implementation of African free trade.
The AU has already notified all its members on the new applications for the simplified health-related immigration processing for travellers and port officials to ensure the continent continues to control the spread of Covid-19.
The applications power the Trusted Travel Portal contain information about the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements, a database of authorised laboratories and vaccination compliance material.