How Iata Travel Pass works, the digital passport for vaccinated people

How Iata Travel Pass works, the digital passport for vaccinated people

How Iata Travel Pass works

A globally uniform and standardized solution to demonstrate compliance with travel requirements such as vaccinations or tests

(photo: Iata) Iata (International Air Transport Association) has confirmed the upcoming release of a special application called Travel Pass which can be defined as a sort of digital Covid-19 passport. The purpose of this free app for Android and iPhone will be to provide a globally standardized solution to validate and authenticate all local regulations on passenger travel requirements in times of pandemics.

Air travel in 2021 it is not at all easy because specific requests must be met which vary from country to country and which make even simple stopovers in a third country problematic. For this reason, Iata has now completed the development phase of an application that will try to simplify and standardize the various procedures.

First of all, Iata Travel Pass will verify and demonstrate that a particular passenger has already undergone the vaccine anti Covid-19 or who has regularly carried out the tests required to enter or transit a country. It will therefore no longer be necessary to send documents in advance and / or show up at the desks with various papers and certificates with the risk of getting lost in the bureaucratic maze or forgetting something. Or to discover that the certifications presented are not valid.

“The key point is that of trust. Passengers must be sure that the tests they have carried out are accurate and will allow them to enter the country, ”Vinoop Goel, IATA's regional director of airports and external relations, told the BBC. "Additionally, governments need to be confident that the tests passengers claim they have are accurate and meet their conditions."

(image: Iata) It is interesting to underline the modular nature of Travel Pass, which makes it possible to integrate other digital solutions already being tested in various countries. Another advantage of the app is to avoid fraud such as those - already confirmed - by passengers who have falsified negative tests or the so-called Yellow Card of the World Health Organization, which is still paper-based and therefore unsafe. br>
As promised by Iata, the application will be available in March and can be downloaded for free from the Play Store for Android smartphones and from the App Store for iPhone. The first airline to trial the software was Singapore Airlines last December, followed by Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand.

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Global airline body IATA plans COVID-19 travel pass

LONDON: Global airline industry body IATA said it would launch a COVID-19 travel pass at the end of March, bringing into use a digital system for test results and vaccine certificates which will help facilitiate international travel.

IATA said on Wednesday that it was essential that governments start issuing their citizens with digital vaccination certificates which can then feed into its travel pass.

“IATA is building the information infrastructure to safely re-start travel with the IATA Travel Pass. This solution will help governments, airlines and individual travelers manage vaccine or testing requirements with accurate information, secure identification and verified data. Pilot programs are underway with a growing number of partnerships,” reads a statement issued on IATA website.

About IATA

IATA was founded in Havana, Cuba, on 19 April 1945. It is the prime vehicle for inter-airline cooperation in promoting safe, reliable, secure and economical air services – for the benefit of the world’s consumers.

At its founding, IATA had 57 members from 31 nations, mostly in Europe and North America. Today it has some 290 members from 120 nations in every part of the globe.



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