Holders of the EU COVID-19 vaccination passport or the British NHS COVID Pass can travel freely amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recognized both passes as evidence verified vaccination for travel.
“COVID-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Managing European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travelers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines ”, Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Operational Safety and Security, said.
These travelers can now access important travel information related to the coronavirus for their trip, download it in one place and provide it digitally. In addition, this information can be presented to border control authorities, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
IATA welcomes the effective work of the EU on building the EU’s DCC system across Europe and at the same time urges the World Health Organization to develop a global vaccine standard digital.
“As more states roll out their immunization programs, many are urgently looking to implement technical solutions to provide vaccine certification to their citizens when they travel. In the absence of a WHO standard, IATA urges them to take a close look at the EU’s DCC as a proven solution that meets WHO guidelines and can help reconnect the world ”, said Vice President Careen.
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He also noted that the lack of a global standard makes it much more difficult for airlines, border authorities and governments to recognize and verify a traveler’s digital vaccination document. While the industry strives to provide solutions for recognizing and verifying individual country certificates, it is a slow process that is delaying the restart of international travel.
IATA supported the implementation of the EU’s DCC and praised countries that have adapted the gateway and those that have removed entry bans for vaccinated travelers.
However, the association recently urged countries to exempt vaccinated travelers from testing requirements as this comes with high costs. Instead, the association recommends travelers adhere to travel measures, as the number of unruly passengers increased from 2019.
According to an IATA study, around 83 percent of passengers support the requirement to cover their face. In contrast, passengers believe the mask requirement should end soon.
The association previously released a report revealing that 2020 was the worst year for air travel since passenger demand fell 60.2%, with just 1.8 billion passengers compared to 4.5 billion counted during pre-pandemic levels. In addition, in 2020, international passenger demand decreased by 75.6%, while domestic air passenger demand fell by 48.8% compared to the same period in 2019.