About the webinar series

Road to the Border Management and Identity Conference (BMIC)

Due to the COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions around the world, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and APSCA decided to postpone the 6th BMIC in Bangkok, Thailand to 7 - 9 December 2022.


During the pandemic, IOM and APSCA received feedback from government counterparts, industry experts, and international organizations on border and identity management issues.

There was a need for relevant stakeholders to discuss key topics of interest to increase national security and facilitate cross-border movements.

In the lead up to the 6th BMIC in December 2022, IOM and APSCA organized a series of virtual webinars which paved the foundation for discussions during the in-person BMIC6 conference at the end of this year.

The first virtual webinar was held on 2 December 2021 via Zoom. The theme of the webinar was “Digital Health Certificate for Cross-Border Mobility”. Experts from various international organizations, namely the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Commons Project and the European Commission contributed to this webinar. A total of 94 participants, consisting of delegates from government authorities, international organizations as well as solutions providers from 31 countries, actively participated in the webinar. Some of the topics discussed were:

Download the First Virtual Road to BMIC6 Agenda here.

  • Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates (DDCC) is not a policy document but the guidance on technical specifications. Countries are responsible for choosing modalities and service solutions to implement the certificates, considering that a policy must be in place to support both the issuance and use. DDCC are not identity documents and countries must determine whether they want to have identity binding in the certificates. Furthermore, countries must ensure that the trust frameworks for validation of COVID-19 certificates with other countries exist. DDCC documents set the foundation to support the internationally recognized patient summary and could be expanded for other documents, like children’s immunization or personal health records.

  • IATA Travel Pass is a digital system designed by IATA to address the extended processing time and lack of verification. It is an authenticated and accurate system that only accept COVID-19 information from trusted labs. Moreover, the system is decentralized and allows passengers to control their own data and was designed with data privacy in mind.

  • The Commons Project Foundation and its digital platform products, specifically the SMART Health Cards, is a digital platform developed for sharing health data, which has been adopted by major US health organizations, several countries and major mobile phone companies as their default platform. CommonCheck is designed for the Governments to identify health status of incoming travelers and is used not only for entering the country but also for domestic use in that country.

    CommonCheck supports the verification of several credential types and will help the Governments to check traveller vaccination certificates and test results against the rules set by that country. The verification process needs to be implemented by the government as part of its border management process, and that will allow the airlines and domestic verifications and many other solutions to follow.

  • EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is a framework that accepts three types of interoperable certificate (e.g., vaccination, test, and recovery). Unlike other passes, the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is not created for border management but provides similar authentication to the IATA Travel Pass and is implemented by Member States, which makes it quite versatile. The core competencies of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate includes data protection, privacy, transparency, and flexibility.

The second virtual webinar was held in 17 March 2022 via Zoom. The theme of the webinar was “Managing Health and Vaccine Certificates at the Border: New Frauds to Deal with?”. Organized by the International Organization for Migration and APSCA, experts from government and international organizations, namely the Austrian State Printing house (OeSD), the Immigration Control Expert (ICE) Team, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contributed to this webinar. A total of 117 Participants, consisting of delegated from government authorities, international organizations and solutions providers from 27 countries, actively participated in the webinar. Some of the topics discussed were:

Download the Second Virtual Road to BMIC6 Agenda here.

  • Identity Management is about linking a person to a token (e.g. ID Card, QR Code, Smart Phone), with which he proves his identity. This linkage is typically done by using biometric. Vaccination certificates do not include biometric data. After so many months of vaccinations and tests, the issuance of certificates has become a standardized process and it is time to think about improving its security level. One way, which the EU went, was to introduce cryptography and a digital signature. Once verified, it raises the assurance that the certificate was issued by an eligible authority. The other way is to introduce biometrics in a QR code, readable with the same device as the certificate. Biometrics have to be compressed but are still good enough to enable a visual control.

  • Introduction of the international cooperation team of Immigration Control Experts and its role. The importance of the close cooperation with the host authorities will be explained with an emphasis on the importance of sharing information. The team will share its view on the document check as well as how to deal with fraud.

  • As States rolled out COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs, they were faced with an urgent need to issue appropriate health credentials. Given the urgency of the situation, with such credentials often being cornerstones of domestic policy, they moved to issue any of a variety of formats often designed for national or regional purposes. Authentication of this diversity of credentials during cross-border travel - an important use case as international travel resumes - is a great challenge.

    In this presentation, you will hear about the ICAO Health Master List, the first initiative of its kind to support international authentication of digital health proofs. ICAO will explain how the Master List, as a flexible, open and truly global resource aligned with WHO guidance on health proofs, is driving international travel recovery. Additionally, some perspectives around future incorporation of health data in travel processes will be put forward.

The webinars aimed to enhance participants’ understanding on how health documentations are now part of travel documents, and how to best respond to frauds associated with them including fraudulent identity, forgery, and alteration.

Experts from governments and international organizations shared their knowledge and experiences in the areas of identity verification and identification, as well as discussed how to verify low/no security features-based certificates issued by other countries, and how the use of mobile technology can minimize the risks and support controls and verifications of health and vaccine certificates.

Panel Discussion

  • All
  • Speakers
  • Moderators

Ms. Claudia Schwendimann

OeSD International

Ms. Janne Meijer

Immigration Control Expert (ICE) Team

Mr. Ciaran Carolan

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Mr. Donato Colucci

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Mr. Greg Pote




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