The International Air Transport Association (Iata) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveller using the Iata Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.
The successful implementation of Iata Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travellers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be overstated,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Iata’s Director General and CEO.
JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “Digital health credentials will be essential as borders reopen and travel restrictions get progressively lifted worldwide. The successful implementation of the Iata Travel Pass reflects Singapore Airlines’ goal of using secure digital solutions to verify health credentials and support a safe and seamless travel experience for our customers.”
“Airlines understand that their ground operations will grind to a halt if they have to manage Covid-19 travel requirements-test results or vaccine certifications-with paper documentation. The same is true for border authorities”
– Nick Careen
Passengers on Singapore Airlines flights from Singapore to London during the trial could use Iata Travel Pass to create a secure digital version of their passport on their mobile device; input their flight details to learn of travel restrictions and requirements; and receive verified test results and a confirmation that they meet all travel requirements.
“Airlines understand that their ground operations will grind to a halt if they have to manage Covid-19 travel requirements–test results or vaccine certifications–with paper documentation. The same is true for border authorities. The UK is ahead of other governments in mapping a way to re-starting international travel at scale. This real-life proof of concept should give all governments confidence that industry has a workable digital solution that will ease the pressure of incorporating health certificate checks into the travel process, including at borders. This trial is an opportunity for us to work with the UK government to demonstrate that the solution works and to share the results with others as we build a robust and efficient system that will help the world get moving again,” said Nick Careen, Iata’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo, Security.
To gain maximum benefit from Iata Travel Pass and avoid confusion and inconvenience for passengers, the standardization of test or vaccination certifications, and their acceptance by authorities is key. ICAO moved the establishment of global standards for testing/vaccination certifications a step closer to reality. Next governments need to provide a digital Covid-19 test/vaccination certificate when people are tested or vaccinated so they have a verifiable document on their mobile device.
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