More Details of COVID Passport Unveiled

In November we reported on plans by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) of an IATA Travel Pass, designed to support the reopening of international borders.

IATA have now released more details of the Travel Pass which has been dubbed a “COVID Passport”.

This follows research by IATA in September that has shown the concerns of travellers and that contactless processes will be popular in the future:

  • 70% of passengers had concerns about handing over their passport, phone or boarding pass to airline agents, security staff or government officials at the airport
  • 85% of travellers said that touchless processing throughout the airport would make them feel safer, and
  • Already 44% of travellers said that they are willing to share personal data to enable touchless process, up significantly from 30% in June.

“Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both travelers and governments can trust. And it is being built with data security, convenience and verification as top priorities,”

 Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA.

The IATA Travel Pass is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2021 for Android and Apple devices and will have 3 critical design elements:

  1. Putting travellers in control of their personal information for top-level data security and data privacy. The Travel Pass will store encrypted data, including verified test or vaccination results, on the personal mobile device of the traveller, who will have full control over what information is shared with airlines and authorities. No data will be stored away from the mobile phone ensuring that travllers have complete control over data and that all data protection laws, including General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) are adhered to.
  2. Global standards recognised by governments to ensure verified identity and test/vaccine information.

    – Verified identity: 
    A government-issued ePassport is used to verify the identity of the user which serves to create a digital representation of the user’s passport to allow information to be sent electronically in a secured way that is linked to their verified identity.

    – Verified test results or vaccine information: Until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available to the general public, the priority is on COVID-19 testing. Laboratories have well-established safety standards for managing and verifying test results to individuals. IATA is partnering with selected and established laboratories to securely link their test results with the verified identity of the IATA Travel Pass holder.
  3. Convenience and bio-safety will be enhanced with integration into contactless travel processes. Recommendations for bio-safety include the use of contactless travel processes to reduce the risk of virus transmission when documents need to be exchanged in the travel process.

“We are building the IATA Travel Pass with one aim—to help reconnect our world safely.

“IATA has brought advancements in global standards like e-ticketing and mobile boarding passes to consumers in all parts of the world. This unique capability demonstrates that we can work with industry and governments to re-shape travel processes based on global standards.”

“We are confident that we can deliver a complete solution with IATA Travel Pass. And we are building the IATA Travel Pass so that other solutions serving the same industry re-opening goal can also benefit from it.”

“We want airlines to have a competitive marketplace with the widest range of options that meet their specific needs.” 

 Nick Careen, Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, IATA.

The IATA Travel Pass is being developed in four independent modules that can interact with each other. These modules will cover registries for regulatory entry requirements and labs/test centers, verified certificate issuance, digital identity and the possibility for passengers to share their tests results along their journey via their mobile device.

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