Built on blockchain technology, the HealthCerts system presents an “interoperable, verifiable and tamper-proof solution” that will speed up the check-in and customs process at immigration checkpoints here and overseas, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) said in a statement on Feb 26.

Under the new Singapore system, individuals who take a pre-departure Covid-19 test at authorized clinics here from March 10 will receive their results in the form of a digital document. They will then have to upload that document to a government website (notarise.gov.sg) for notarization — a process of verifying that they are authentic.

Once that is done, they will receive a notarized digital certificate containing a QR code via email or through the SingPass mobile application. They may then present the QR code to airline employees or immigration officers at checkpoints to verify their test results, SNDGO said.

When airline employees or immigration officers scan the QR code, they will be able to check the authenticity of the digital certificate through the Verify platform of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech).

These digital certificates will be recognized overseas because they are issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH), SNDGO said.

The HealthCerts certification process had been developed in line with international standards similarly adopted by the United States and Brazilian authorities, and also meets the Singapore Government’s requirements, it added.

According to todayonline.com