VFS Global, Unifier, and Accredify Partner to Enable Seamless...

VFS Global, Unifier, and Accredify Partner to Enable Seamless COVID-19 Screening

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, July 15, 2021

VFS Global, Affinidi's Unifier, and Accredify have formed a strategic alliance to deliver an end-to-end digital solution for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) testing.

FREMONT, CA: VFS Global, Affinidi's Unifier, and Accredify have formed a strategic alliance to deliver an end-to-end digital solution for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) testing for Singapore-bound travelers from Indonesia. With countries gradually lifting restrictions while protecting public health and traveler safety, a smart and dependable COVID-19 testing and verification solution is now required to resume international travel. The agreement will provide a streamlined alternative for every traveler who must undertake pre-departure testing, which is mandatory for Singapore visitors from high-risk nations.

VFS Global, Accredify, and Affinidi's Unifier combine their strengths and abilities in the healthcare, travel, and technology sectors to offer a secure and dependable solution to the travel ecosystem's stakeholders. This begins with VFS Global's network of approved laboratories allowing travelers to arrange their necessary pre-departure COVID-19 swab test and save a record of the swab's results online. The traveler's test results can be used for verification by relevant authorities using Accredify's tamper-proof HealthCert technology. Unifier allows airlines and immigration officials to digitally verify the authenticity of COVID-19 test results by scanning a QR code and comparing health credentials to the destination country's entry requirements.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Jiten Vyas, Regional Group COO, VFS Global, "A convenient and reliable pre-departure COVID-19 testing solution will be a catalyst in the recovery process of international travel as the restrictions continue to be stringent compared to domestic travel. We are pleased to partner with Affindi and Accredify to provide a seamless booking system to get a reliable COVID swab result that is accepted by airlines and immigration authorities to verify an individual's COVID health status. We now offer ease of access to a much-needed and verified solution and also support a safe restart of international travel in the coming months."

Ms. Gina Chiang, Affinidi's VP & General Manager, Safe Travel Initiatives, said, "As borders re-open, we have seen an explosion of different technologies, standards and formats for the verification of health credentials. Our aim with Affinidi's Unifier is to provide an interoperable solution that enables immigration authorities and airlines to verify COVID-related health credentials in an efficient, accurate and privacy-preserving manner, while also enhancing traveler experience. We are committed to working with global stakeholders to build a trusted global ecosystem for international travel, and we are pleased to be collaborating with VFS Global and Accredify on this important initiative."

Mr. Quah Zheng Wei, CEO & Co-founder, Accredify, noted, "Following IATA's announcement that personal travel could return in the second half of 2021, there is a need for services which provide travelers with a seamless process of pre-travel preparation and authorities with an efficient solution to facilitate the regulated health screening of travelers. We're delighted to partner with VFS Global to realize this solution for both travelers and authorities, beginning with the Southeast Asian and East Asian region."

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