• Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Covid-19: Singapore partners AU to facilitate resumption of travel between itself and African countries

Singapore’s Transport Ministry has worked with the African Union in an effort to expedite the resumption of travel between Singapore and African countries.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helped to create a framework for reciprocal recognition of digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

“With mutual recognition, fully vaccinated travellers with digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued in the African Union, via the Africa CDC’s Trusted Travel (TT) and Trusted Vaccines (TV) platforms (trustedtravel.panabios.org), can upload and validate their certificates through the Vaccination Check Portal (VCP) or the Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC), can upload and validate their certificates through the Vaccination Check Portal (VCP) or the Singapore Arrival Card (

The Vaccinated Travel Framework will allow them to enter Singapore without quarantine or testing, according to the announcement.

“Similarly, fully vaccinated travelers having digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued in Singapore (i.e. HealthCerts) can obtain Vaccination Passes on the AU TT and TV platforms in a secure manner.”

The TT and TV platforms are based on an African Union standard for unifying digital passes and health-related screening norms across Africa in order to facilitate travel.

The TT ecosystem provides a network of tools for health credential issuance, border risk management, digital public health surveillance, and lab, clinical, and immunization registries to governments and authorized organizations.

The platforms have been operational since the fourth quarter of 2020 and have fully onboarded, or are nearing completion of, 21 major African destinations, including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, and Rwanda, with plans to onboard all African countries in the coming months,” according to the statement.

The Transport Ministry further stated that the new PolyGlot standards adapter helps the TT and TV systems interoperate with African digital Covid-19 platforms as well as other continents.

“In Singapore, anyone who have been properly vaccinated can apply for a digital vaccination HealthCert from the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) via the Notrise website” (notarise.gov.sg). Notrise will send the immunization HealthCerts to the individual’s email address and/or via the Singpass app.

“Under the UNDP-sponsored Global Haven program, the PanaBIOS Consortium, a multistakeholder effort formed under the aegis of the African Union, offered technical support for the achievement of this Global Health milestone,” the release added.

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