We now have more information on just how CLEAR and CommonPass are collaborating for Hawaii visitors and others to share required health status while protecting their data privacy. The CLEAR Health Pass app is the tool Hawaii travelers will soon use. CommonPass collects and manages test and vaccination data via its registry of health and technology companies using open, interoperable standards.
Could this mean a big change to Hawaii’s Safe travels and its trusted partners, among other things?
CLEAR says on its website that you can “Easily integrate your latest COVID-19 lab result with access to over 30,000 labs.” Using CLEAR and CommonPass to validate the authenticity of tests and vaccination results could greatly improve the current situation of limited partners.
The state of Hawaii is among over 45 organizations that have already enrolled in CLEAR’s Health Pass. Governor Ige said recently, without elaboration, that we should expect a very significant increase in the number of trusted partners, and this could be just what he had in mind.
According to Ige, “Our highest priority is protecting the health of our residents and visitors. Our collaboration with The Commons Project Foundation’s CommonPass and CLEAR is enhancing our Safe Travels Hawaii program and helping us take another step forward in achieving our public health goals while ensuring that travelers can continue to enjoy the magic of our State safely.”
Hawaii is establishing a system to verify both COVID tests and vaccinations.
A pilot is underway with these two partners. We do not know when it will be widely implemented. CLEAR says that “Coming Soon – After you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, simply link to your healthcare account to confirm your vaccine records in a secure, verifiable, and privacy-preserving way.”
According to Lt. Governor Josh Green, this could go further than Hawaii travel, who said he would like to see it applied to any large gathering, including graduations, concerts, sporting events, and even weddings. He said, “This is the way to open up events and our state. And if we do it smartly, we will restore the economy without any bumps in the road, and we’ll actually get back to normal way faster.”
The Hawaii trial began last month when travelers flying Delta and United between LAX and HNL began to optionally enroll and use the CLEAR Health Pass to link COVID test results before travel.
Vaccination passports for Hawaii travel are not yet approved.
But we expect them to be soon. In the meantime, and even thereafter, testing is likely to remain the other alternative to avoid mandatory quarantine. Vaccination will not be a requirement, but it will be a highly desirable option for most travelers.
Statements from partners CLEAR and CommonPass.
With regards to how Hawaii will use this new system, CommonPass CEO Paul Meyer said, “This partnership brings together The Commons Project’s leadership in secure, privacy-preserving health data platforms with CLEAR’s expertise as a secure identity platform providing innovative access solutions. By ensuring that our respective platforms are tightly integrated, we will offer individuals a private, secure, trusted option to verify they have met the health requirements for travel and event entry.”
Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of CLEAR, said, “Clear’s partnership with The Commons Project Foundation reinforces our core desire to make it easier and safer for people to get back to what they know and love. Working together, CLEAR and The Commons Project Foundation will help companies and venues deliver secure environments and frictionless experiences for customers and employees.”