The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today that it is in the final stages of developing a mobile application called the “IATA Travel Pass”, which will allow travelers to easily display their credentials. COVID at airports.
The digital Travel Pass will display a record of an individual’s test results, proof of inoculation (as vaccines become available) and a link to an electronic copy of the user’s passport for identity verification. For users, it will also serve as a resource listing various rules for national entry and nearby lab locations that meet their destination’s testing and / or vaccination requirements, Bloomberg reported.
The goal of IATA, like other groups developing so-called “COVID passports”, is to support the safe reopening of international borders and to get the travel industry back on its feet, especially since the approval of COVID-19 vaccines seems likely to arrive in the coming months.
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With many countries now adopting testing requirements for travelers instead of quarantine, having a verifiable, portable method for storing and sharing your test results and (possibly) proof of vaccination could be invaluable. The application also incorporates open source and interoperable software that will allow laboratories to securely deliver test results and certificates to passengers directly.
“Today, the borders are double-locked. Testing is the first key to enabling international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure necessary to securely manage, share and verify test data corresponding to travelers’ identities in accordance with border control requirements. This is the job of IATA Travel Pass, ”said Alexandre de Juniac, Managing Director and CEO of IATA.
The Travel Pass will be free for travelers and governments, while airlines will pay a small fee for each passenger who uses the service during their trip. Alan Murray Hayden, IATA’s head of passenger products and security, said in a briefing that IATA has already had positive discussions with a government on the use of the software and expects to other countries are following suit.
The app will be based on IATA’s existing Timatic platform, a system used by airlines and travel agents to verify passenger travel document requirements. Murray Hayden clarified that the app will rely on blockchain technology and will not store personal data. He also said that the goal of the business organization is simply to get people back in the air and that they would be happy to work with other vendors to improve efficiency.
“Our top priority is getting people to travel safely again. In the immediate term, this means giving governments the confidence that routine COVID-19 testing can replace quarantine requirements, ”said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airport, Passengers, Cargo and Security in a report. communicated. “It can be used in combination with other vendors or as a stand-alone end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to the needs of the industry while allowing a competitive market.
The first IATA Travel Pass cross-border pilot program will take place in partnership with British Airways parent company IAG SA later this year and the product launch is slated for Q1 2021.
For more information, visit iata.org/en/publications/travel-pass/.