A number of countries across Europe, along with the European Union, are discussing implementing ‘corona passports’ which can be used to document vaccination against Covid-19.
Amongst these, Norway’s Nordic neighbour Denmark has already announced a digital ‘corona passport’ will be introduced in the coming months.
In a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Norwegian Board of Technology (Teknologirådet, NBT), and reported by broadcaster NRK, six out of ten people said they were ‘positive’ about the use of a similar concept in Norway.
One of the intended uses of a vaccine passport is to enable foreign travel without testing for Covid-19 or quarantine requirements.
“This would east the situation for a lot of people who have to travel abroad and for commuters who need to enter the country,” NBT director Tore Tennøe told NRK.
Health authorities in Norway received recommendations last month over the possible use of a vaccine pass in the country, newspaper VG has reported.
No official view has yet been given as to how the documentation might be used in Norway.
Various ways in which the passes might work have been discussed. One of these is the use of an app with a QR code that gives access to participating or required services such as restaurants or gyms, as well as in the travel sector.
The codes could be set to expire after a set amount of time, which would also enable their use to document recent negative Covid-19 tests.
“If you don’t have a (vaccination) pass, you can take a test, but that only stays in the pass for 72 hours,” Tennøe explained to NRK.
The survey revealed a mostly positive response to using passes to facilitate international travel but less so for domestic use.
“It could be that you would have to show a vaccine pass to get into a concert or football match. That reduces acceptance of the vaccine pass,” Tennøe said.