Digital pass to open up international borders

A new digital border pass will replace the physical Incoming Passenger Card as part of the nation’s plan to open up its international borders.

The Digital Passenger Declaration will collect information on incoming passengers including vaccination status and pass it on to states and territories for contact tracing if necessary.

The task of overseeing the rollout of the new pass has been given to international IT firm Accenture.

It will also be designed to work alongside mobile apps for returning travellers who are quarantining at home rather than a hotel.

​​“The DPD will support the safe reopening of Australia’s international borders, by providing digitally-verified COVID-19 vaccination details,” said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews.

“This will help us to welcome home increasing numbers of Australians and welcome the tourists, travellers, international students, skilled workers and overseas friends and family we’ve all been missing during the pandemic.”