Passengers can download vaccine documentation in the IATA tool to facilitate international travel
Travelers with the EU digital COVID certificate and UK NHS COVID Pass can now upload documentation to the IATA Travel Pass as verified proof of vaccination, according to an announcement by the International Air Transport Association.
IATA Travel Pass allows travelers to access accurate COVID-19 travel information for their trip, create an electronic version of their passport, and import their vaccination certificate all in one place. Passengers can then share this information with airlines and border control authorities, who can be assured that the certificate is genuine and belongs to the person presenting it.
In the absence of a global standard for vaccine documentation, a number of so-called travel health passports have emerged that allow travelers to present information about their COVID-19 status in an app-based solution. The IATA Travel Pass was one of the first to enter the field and is already in testing with several airlines.
“COVID-19 vaccination certificates become a general requirement for international travel,Said Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president for operational safety and security. “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. ”
Since the introduction of effective COVID-19 vaccines, the travel industry has been demanding standardized digital vaccine documentation to support the safe and scalable restart of aviation. “IATA welcomes the work of the European Commission to develop the EU’s DCC system in record time and thereby standardize digital vaccine certificates across Europe,” the association said in a statement. .
Citing the success of the EU initiative, IATA urged the World Health Organization to accelerate work on a global standard for digital vaccine documentation.
“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,” said Careen. “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.”