Airline Industry Set to Debut App for Quarantine-Free Travel

By Paul Riegler on 28 February 2021
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The airline industry is set to introduce a new app that would help travelers return to quarantine-free international travel.

The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, plans to introduce its Travel Pass app within the next month.  The app wouldcollect, access, and share information on the status of individual passengers’ Covid-19 tests and vaccinations.

IATA represents 290 airlines in 117 countries including most of the world’s major carriers.

Travel Passwill be “a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding Covid-19 passenger travel requirements,” the group said.

“Whatever governments plans are, we’ll be ready to help them with the IATA Travel Pass,” said the group’s CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, on his blog.

The new app will serve as a modern platform for various vaccination certificates and paper test results, and it will be free to travelers, available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms.

Travel Pass will allow authorized labs to securely share test results and vaccination certificates with passengers via the app and it will allow travelers to manage their digital identity for contactless travel, allowing the traveler to share test and vaccination information with airlines and local health authorities.

In addition, IATA said that the app will provide travelers with resources on local requirements and testing and vaccination center options.

Some 30 airlines are set to conduct trials in March and April including Singapore Airlines, which will pilot it on a London-Singapore route.

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