London Heathrow Airport will this week begin trialling quarantine-free international flights to New York and Hong Kong.
Passengers on United Airlines and Cathay Pacific flights have been given a new app that provides a certified negative COVID-19 test result.
The app – called CommonPass – will function as a valid ‘passport’ for anyone who has recently tested negative for coronavirus.
Non-profit trust Commons Project Foundation, part of the World Economic Forum, launched the app in the hope international governments will accept its validity.
Volunteers will trial the digital passport on flights between London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore under government observation.
The success will rely on international governments accepting test results from overseas certified laboratories.
The app will work by uploading a test result in the form of a QR code for scanning an border controls around the world.
Heathrow’s Process Improvement Director Mark Burgess told the MailOnline:
“We’re looking forward to reviewing the findings of these trials and using the learnings to support the recovery of an industry that provides so many jobs and economic opportunities globally.”