The current situation of the coronavirus pandemic has gotten worse than what one could have expected a few months ago. New variants of the virus have come into existence that is causing more trouble for everyone. Given the rising numbers in Covid cases, many countries have imposed strict lockdown and travel has been banned too. Nobody is allowed to travel for recreational purposes. Moreover, public facilities have been directed to perform COVID test verification. The United Kingdom is suffering from the worst wave of the pandemic right now and the inhabitants have been guided to follow some strict rules. Apart from the travel sector, large-scale events, arenas, educational institutes, malls, restaurants, etc. have to verify COVID test as well. Let’s take a look at what these rules say and what is the solution for better compliance with the restrictions.
What is the Covid Test Verification Rule?
Due to the significant increase in coronavirus cases, governments of different countries have imposed lockdown and guided the travel sector to follow some extra precautionary measures.
As per the rule,
- The arrivals have to submit a negative Covid test
- The test must not be older than the desired threshold
- The report must be verified and only legitimate report holders are allowed to stay in the country
- Covid reports from a few selected laboratories are acceptable
These are the basic guidelines that apply to the travel industry of every country. However, the states where this new travel restriction has been enforced have some variations as well. For instance, the travel rule in Italy also asks the passenger to sign a “sworn commitment.” It is a certificate that ensures that the individual does not have any Covid symptoms. Moreover, they haven’t been in contact with anyone who had the symptoms.
On the other hand, Greece has more stringent rules. Arrivals from the UK have to self-isolate for 10 days irrespective of their negative Covid report. In Italy, only official arrivals from the United Kingdom are allowed.
Other Sectors that Need COVID Report Verification
It is not just the travel sector that has to abide by the new COVID report verification rule but there are other sectors who have been guided to do the same. Here are some of them:
- Educational institutes
- Large-scale events
All these public facilities have been guided to verify negative COVID test of all the customers. The test should be from specific labs and no older than the desired threshold.
How are Public Facilities Complying with the Rule?
Currently, customers have to submit a negative Covid test to the staff and they can verify it. However, the reports must be from the laboratories specified by the government authorities only.
For verifying the reports, the staff has been guided to perform manual checks. The reports must not be forged or tampered with. For this, the QR code embedded in the report is checked and all the information is verified. In case someone has submitted a fake negative Covid report, they are not allowed to stay.
Manual procedures have numerous consequences and in this case, some of the demerits are:
- The process takes a lot of time and customers have to wait for at least an hour at the destination to get the report verified.
- Manually performing the task means it is open to errors and nobody can guarantee accuracy
- Conventional methods are not acceptable as they demand a lot of effort and investment
Digital Covid Pass — The Better Solution
To combat the challenges of manual verification, public facilities must employ automated verification systems. The more appropriate way is to perform AI-powered identity verification checks that can also verify the Covid reports. With the help of OCR and artificial intelligence models, the QR code of the test result is extracted and information is verified.
Shufti Pro’s Digital COVID Pass is an automated process that takes only a few seconds and guarantees higher levels of accuracy than manual methods. Moreover, it will enhance customer experience and the robustness of automated systems will allow better compliance with the restrictions.
The new rules and regulations have changed the way businesses operate. New variants of the virus have been identified and the United Kingdom is the first one to suffer from the widespread of this new disease. All public facilities have to perform COVID Test verification. While manual procedures for verifying the tests have been already adopted, they are not sufficient for the needs of the modern world. They require a lot of time, effort, and investment for accurate results. Furthermore, the process doesn’t guarantee a 99% accuracy. In fact, there are higher chances of errors. To combat these challenges, Digital COVID Pass has been introduced that can verify the COVID test in seconds and guarantee higher levels of accuracy too.