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SafeBorder - a new digital filter for COVID-certificates at state border crossing points
08/09/21 - 08:00

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has started using electronic verification of COVID-19 certificates confirming vaccination of citizens, negative test results or recovery from the disease.

This was made possible due to the joint work of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Border Guard Service to implement the decisions of the Government of Ukraine.

Eventually, the border guards received electronic devices with the SafeBorder software. It provides for the possibility of automated verification of the validity of the document and its match to the relevant person when crossing the border of Ukraine. Each COVID certificate has a unique electronic identifier and QR code.

To do a check, it is enough for the border guard to scan the QR-code of the certificate provided by citizens and get a confirmation of the status of the document on the screen of the electronic device.

Today, almost 40 countries are connected to the trusted network of digital COVID certificates, including EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, as well as non-EU countries: Ukraine, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican, Southern Macedonia, and Turkey.

Since the beginning of the use of the software, border guards have already checked more than 60,000 digital COVID-certificates during the registration of citizens for entry into Ukraine. Most citizens use them when crossing the border at checkpoints on the western part of the border and at the capital's airports.

It is worth noting that the software is constantly updated depending on the expansion of the list of countries or refinements to improve the system.

The experience gained between software developers and border guards will be another step in Ukraine and other countries in the fight against the pandemic.

We would like to add that the verification of COVID-certificates issued in countries that are not connected to this network is carried out visually and with the help of technical means of border control, used to identify signs of possible forgery.

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