As governments and the travel industry explore the benefits of digital health passports, a report commissioned by Amadeus and delivered by Censuswide, provides encouraging news for the industry.

The study found that 93 per cent of Indian travellers would be comfortable using a digital health passport for future trips, as the appetite to travel remains high with nearly half (47 per cent) expressing their interest in booking international travel within six weeks once the restrictions are lifted.

The study further revealed that over the past three quarters, 79 per cent of Indian travellers would be willing to store their travel health data electronically if it meant it will enable them to travel sooner, and if it enabled them to pass through the airport faster with less face-to-face interactions with others.

 The international study that included over 1,000 respondents from India, indicates that there is enough incentive for authorities and businesses to accelerate plans for digital health passports.  In fact, 57 per cent stated that they would be happy for a digital health passport to become the norm.

 Despite an overwhelming response to digital health passports, when queried further, there are concerns about security and privacy such as:

  • 34 per cent of respondents are worried about data security risks with their personal information being hacked
  • 28 per cent of respondents are concerned about lack of transparency and control over how and where their data will be shared

Surprisingly, thehighest scepticism around digital health passports was reported among Gen Z, with 12 per cent saying that they would not be comfortable using a digital health passport under any circumstances.

The travel industry needs to consider and explore the checks and balances to ease privacy concerns and build traveler confidence in digital health passports, to which the survey found that:

  • Over half of Indian travellers (53 per cent) would be comfortable using a digital passport if it was accepted by most countries and was regulated as per international standards
  • Eight out of ten (80 per cent) would be more likely to store health data on a secured app where a travel provider has partnered with a trusted healthcare provider

 Even though receptiveness to sharing data is high, when asked about the technologies that would increase confidence in travel in the next 12 months, mobile solutions were highlighted as a popular option, with suggestions that include:

  • Mobile applications that provide on-trip notifications and alerts (51 per cent)
  • Contactless mobile payments (49 per cent)
  • Facial recognition technology (48 per cent)
  • Boarding pass on mobile (47 per cent)