Blockchain Immunity Passport and instant testing
Borders will remain closed for a long time, but restricted travel will be introduced, which will become "the future normal". The underlying basis of travel post-COVID19 will be zero-trust.
If you thought that entering the US post-911 was confronting, intolerant, and invasive - get set for that as the baseline of future travel - plus more.
I sometimes sit and ponder how much flying has changed. I flew millions of miles pre 911 and also was a private pilot for 25 years. I could almost always talk my way into the cockpit of commercial flights anywhere in the world. Many a time I sat in the jump-seat on Garuda flights - chatting to the pilots in Indonesian - while we flew from Australia and right through the landing Jakarta.
That will never happen again. Here is how it will work from now on.
There are four critical components of how post-COVID19 zero-trust travel (PCZT) will work:
Those elements requiring a proof will have to be facilitated globally, electronically, instantly, securely, and without being owned by any one state - the perfect application for zero-trust blockchain technology.
Thus will be created the "Immunity Passport" - the four components above, facilitated by blockchain, and owned by each us.
At the point of embarkation - departure
Exit controls (border security) will remind us that without proof of immunity or vaccination that we may not be allowed to return - in the same as if we do not hold the correct visa.
Airlines will validate our proof of immunity, and/or our proof of vaccination as Stage 1 of the check-in process. Without either one of those proof points, we will be refused check-in.
We will then proceed to Stage 2 of check-in, which will be a rapid COVID19 test, and a rapid immunity test. The results of these tests will be cross-referenced with our proof of immunity and/or vaccination.
If there are discrepancies at Stage 2, then you will be refused check-in and handed over to the authorities for further investigation. For example:
The results of the tests will be updated in our Immunity Passport.
The systems will red-light us in the same way as for drug checks today. The airline will hand us over as rapidly as they can, as their focus will be on boarding their "clean" passengers.
The priority for airlines will be to minimise the number of passengers who are refused entry upon arrival. The cost of repatriation is an avoidable expense. Thus, they will err on the side of refusal to embark.
At the point of disembarkation - arrival
The border force at the destination country will require us to provide access to our Immunity Passport. If the Immunity Passport shows results which do not meet local standards, e.g. being below a prescribed level of antibody strength, then we will be refused entry.
Despite what positive information our Immunity Passport shows, we will proceed to Stage 2 of entry - rapid Covid19 testing and immunity testing.
If there are discrepancies in the test results, the same as those listed above for embarkation, then we will be refused entry, blacklisted and deported on the next flight. If the discrepancy could be explained medically, then we may have a right of appeal - after being deported.
If the test shows that we are COVID19 positive, then we will be detained in quarantine at our expense or the expense of the airline. The airline will be held to account and may face severe sanctions.
If we make it now to Stage 3, we face one more hurdle. If we have the following conditions, we might still be refused entry, depending on the country:
If the country is like Australia or New Zealand, where there was a low spread of community infection, e.g. a very flat curve, then there is a relatively higher risk of contracting the virus compared to countries achieving herd immunity.
We, as a visitor, are vulnerable to contracting the virus in a country with a low infection penetration rate.
One answer may be an on-the-spot vaccination - depending on the side-effects. Another would be that we are refused entry. No government wants to care for extra-territorial patients.
Depending on that answer, we may be through, or we may be headed back home.
If we get through, we can breathe a sigh of relief, and put out of our minds, for the moment, that we have to go through the whole process in reverse to get back home.
Welcome to PCZT - Post-COVID19 Zero Trust Travel.
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