The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced that they are in the final stages of development of the IATA Travel Pass designed to support the reopening of international borders.
IATA have recognised that countries need to open their borders without the need for quarantine for travel to begin to recover. The Travel Pass is designed do satisfy governments that they are mitigating the risk of importing Covid-19.
The Travel Pass will include four main elements designed to give an end-to-end solution that gives passenger confidence and meets government requirements. The elements will be:
- Global registry of health requirements – providing comprehensive, up to date information for passengers on travel. testing and vaccination requirements.
- Global registry of testing and vaccination centres – providing information for passengers on local testing and vaccination centres that meet the requirements of their destination.
- Lab app – provides authorised laboratories and vaccination centres to securely share test results and certificates.
- Contactless travel app – enables passengers to store their travel documentation including test results and vaccination records to provide an authorised “digital passport” to provide evidence to airlines and authorities of their fitness to travel.
“Today borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass. We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation”Alexandre de Juniac. IATA Director General and CEO
IATA are hoping to launch the Travel Pass pilot later in 2020 prior to a full launch in the first quarter of 2021. The pilot is scheduled to take place in conjunction with International Airlines Group (IAG), parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia.
IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines and represent 290 airlines who account for 82% of total air traffic.
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