IATA promotes digital ‘Travel Pass’ to restart international travel shut down by pandemic

IATA promotes digital ‘Travel Pass’ to restart international travel shut down by pandemic
# 24 November 2020 11:19 (UTC +04:00)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced Monday (23 November) that it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders, APA reports citing Asianaviation.

It joins others in using digital tools to help re-start international air travel that has been hammered by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Another group called The Commons Project has developed a similar tool called the “CommonPass” that would accomplish many of the same goals as the IATA Travel Pass.

The first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the launch slated for quarter one 2021. IATA also said it welcomed the publication of the Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This document provides governments a risk-based assessment tool for using testing programs that could alleviate quarantine requirements.

IATA is calling for systematic COVID-19 testing of all international travellers and the information flow infrastructure needed to enable this must support:

  • Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests and the identity of those presenting the test certificates.
  • Airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel.
  • Laboratories with the means to issue digital certificates to passengers that will be recognised by governments, and;
  • Travelers with accurate information on test requirements, where they can get tested or vaccinated, and the means to securely convey test information to airlines and border authorities.