By Ron Howells •
Published: 28 Apr 2021 • 11:02
UK Confirms NHS App To Be Used As Health Certificate For International Travel.
The Uk Transport Secretary has confirmed this morning that the NHS app will be used as a health certificate for international travel. Speaking on Sky News this morning, Grant Shapps said he was working with other countries across the world on universal recognition of the certification and chairing a G7 meeting on the matter next week.
He said: “In terms of vaccine certification, I can confirm we are working on an NHS application, actually it will be the NHS app that is used for people when they book appointments with the NHS and so on, to be able to show you’ve had a vaccine or you’ve had testing.
“I’m working internationally with partners across the world to make sure that system can be internationally recognised, as that’s the way forward.
Speaking to the BBC, Shapps added: “We’ve got to have systems in place that enable, internationally, for people to say this is a standard we can rely on.
He said the certification could take “a variety of different formats”, adding: Of course we always look to a digital solution but have to make sure there’s a version available for people who don’t have access to smartphones. Work is underway on all of this.”
He also said the green-list countries – where people would not have to quarantine having returned from those places – will be announced: “towards the beginning of May”.
It comes as Spain’s tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst insisted the country would be ready to accept UK tourists from June.
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