Singapore’s Transport Ministry says, as part of efforts to facilitate the resumption of travel between itself and countries in Africa, it has partnered with the African Union.

This has been done through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a framework for mutual recognition of digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Transport Ministry said, “With mutual recognition, from 23 May, 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) to verify their vaccination status.

This will allow them to enter Singapore without quarantine and/or testing under the Vaccinated Travel Framework”, the statement said.

“Similarly, fully vaccinated travellers with digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued in Singapore (i.e. HealthCerts) can securely obtain Vaccination Passes on the AU TT and TV platforms.

The TT and TV platforms are based on the African Union standard for harmonizing digital passes and health-related screening standards across Africa for seamless travel.

The TT ecosystem gives governments and eligible organisations access to a network of platforms for health credential issuance, border risk
management, digital public health surveillance, and lab, clinical and vaccination registries.

The platforms have been operational since the last quarter of 2020 and have currently fully onboarded, or are finalising the onboarding of (either directly or through regional initiatives like WAHO’s BIOMARS and ECSA’s DELPHIX1), 21 major African destinations including Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya and Rwanda, with plans to onboard all African countries in the next few months” the statement added.

The Transport Ministry further disclosed that, through the new PolyGlot standards adapter, the TT and TV systems also facilitate the interoperability of African digital Covid-19 platforms and other continents.

“Persons fully vaccinated in Singapore can apply for a digital vaccination HealthCert, issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH), via the Notαrise website (notarise.gov.sg). The vaccination HealthCerts will be sent by Notαrise to the individual’s email and/or via the Singpass app.

The PanaBIOS Consortium, a multistakeholder initiative convened under the aegis of the African Union, provided technical support, under the UNDP-sponsored Global Haven program, for the attainment of this Global Health milestone”, the statement concluded.