The French will have to resort to the QR Code to be able to find a normal life, after the Covid.


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  • The reopening of restaurants, cultural places and even borders will probably be based on the use of mobile applications based on QR Codes, two-dimensional barcodes made up of black squares on a white background.

  • The "sanitary pass" which will undoubtedly be integrated into the TousAntiCovid app, will offer "an encrypted QR Code to be scanned at the entrance of restaurants or establishments open to the public", the government said.

  • The French may also soon have to resort to "digital health certificates" to be able to move abroad and travel the world, without having to respect a quarantine.

The government announced it this week.

"A return to a more normal life, perhaps as early as mid-April", could be envisaged thanks in particular to the effect of the vaccination.

Good news for the French, who with the return of the sunny days, are eager to end the curfew, and the many restrictions linked to the coronavirus epidemic.

The reopening of establishments open to the public, and in general places closed due to the pandemic, will probably involve the use of mobile applications that use QR Codes (

Quick Response Code


These two-dimensional bar codes - made up of black squares on a white background - which can be decrypted quickly after being flashed by a simple smartphone, could be required in many places and establishments to attest to our good health.

A real interactive tool which risks becoming a precious sesame for the French who hope to be able to return to the restaurant, to the museum, to the cinema or quite simply to take the plane to go on vacation.

In short, an essential device to resume "a normal life" in the coming months ...

"An encrypted QR code of identification" to go to the restaurant, to the cinema or to the sports halls ...

Daily life post-Covid 19 will require the implementation in France of a “health pass”, a digital tool that will probably be integrated into the “TousAntiCovid” app, already downloaded by more than 13 million people.

"It will have a function of tool for tracing contamination and alert for contact cases, thanks to an encrypted QR Code to be scanned at the entrance of restaurants or sports halls," the government said.

If a client has found himself inside an establishment at the same time as a person tested positive, he will thus receive an alert to be tested.

This QR Code, on which professionals have been working for three months, could also automatically measure the attendance gauge and regulate entries.

“In England, when you enter a restaurant, you flash a QR Code with your phone and you can then be automatically notified if someone has tested positive among the customers who were in that restaurant that day (…) It is an anonymous solution, and which avoids canvassing.

The implementation of this technology could usefully accompany the reopening of public establishments and restaurants.

We really want to make the TousAntiCovid app an individual tool for the daily management of the epidemic to make people's lives easier, ”explained Secretary of State for Digital Cédric 0 during an interview with

20 Minutes

a few weeks ago. .

A decree to allow this evolution of the government app was published on February 14 in the Official Journal.

And the CNIL gave its approval, even specifying that the device could possibly be compulsory, provided that it is limited to establishments presenting a high risk, in which the barrier measures are difficult to implement.

However, the implementation of this device still poses many technical questions, respect for individual data and freedoms, and will require a legislative text, considers the executive.

“Digital health certificates” to be able to travel?

The QR Code should also quickly become essential for those who wish to travel.

The French may indeed soon have to resort to "digital health certificates" to be able to move abroad and travel the world, without having to respect a quarantine.

Several countries such as Iceland, Sweden and Denmark are in the process of designing applications that would facilitate the resumption of air transport.

In France, Dr Paul Marcaggi, regulator at the Samu d'Ajaccio, worked out with a team of Polish engineers

an application called Travel Password, which allows you to store your personal health data on your smartphone.

“The app, available free of charge in the Google and Apple stores, allows you to embed a medical file in your smartphone, simply by taking a picture of the results of your exams, RT-PCR tests, serology results or certificate of vaccination ", explains to

20 Minutes

Paul Marcaggi, who specifies" to have designed this app, non-intrusive and which respects the GDPR, to make life easier for those who travel ".

Instead of a certificate to be completed or a PDF file stored on a smartphone, the passenger could therefore present the file saved in the app when boarding

Developed as "a Swiss army knife for the Covid 19" with the QR Code function


Travel Password which is translated into 9 languages ​​could "adapt to each change of regulations", including "if the mandatory presentation of tests were to be extended to restaurants, bars or places of culture ”.

“Other companies, American and Asian, have also developed this kind of application.

But Travel Password is to date the only French app to offer this service today, ”explains Dr Paul Marcaggi, who has already signed agreements with the town hall and hospital of Ajaccio, and a mutual that employs employees. in Ehpad.

The emergency doctor would also be in discussion with "Air Corsica, and other maritime and land companies".

These apps, which work via QR Codes, will therefore become an essential device for companies transporting travelers.

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are already in the process of testing the Irish app VeriFly (mobile health passport), which

already claims nearly 200,000 users worldwide.

As for the Air France company, it is experimenting with the AOK Pass app, "a secure solution for digitizing the PCR test", developed by the SOS, ICC groups and the International Chamber of Commerce.


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