If you are stressed that your health documents are not checked at border control, you can try the new IATA Travel Pass. The travel pass allows authorities to verify a passenger’s health information. For you, it’s a simple way to store and transmit your health documents at the front door. The IATA Travel Pass is tested on select routes by Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways, Air France and other major carriers. This week, IndiGo became the first Indian carrier to roll out the IATA travel pass, followed next week by SpiceJet. So how does it work? Here is a little explanation:
Who or what is IATA?
The International Air Transport Association is the professional association of the world’s airlines. It helps formulate industry policies, deals with major aviation issues and provides support to aviation activities.
What is the IATA Travel Pass?
As the COVID situation fluctuates around the world, regulations continue to change, making air travel a complex affair. Often this has also resulted in health check errors and fraud. The IATA Travel Pass hopes to solve these problems and make travel smoother and more efficient for passengers and airlines.
What is he actually doing?
The IATA Travel Pass is a system to help governments and other controllers authenticate travelers’ health credentials. All information stored in the pass is verified, eliminating the hassle of validating each case independently. For you, that means a smoother and hassle-free experience.
Great, so how does it work?
The IATA journey Past is composed of four modules:
- A global registry of health requirements to help you find accurate and up-to-date information on travel, tests and vaccines required for your trip
- A global registry of testing / vaccination centers to help you find testing labs at your point of departure and meet your destination requirements
- A laboratory app that allows authorized laboratories and test centers to share your test or vaccination certificate with you digitally
- A contactless travel app that helps you receive these certificates and share them with airlines and authorities to check your health. The app will also create a ‘digital passport’ for you and help you digitally manage all of your travel documents.
Generally speaking, the application’s promise rests on the credibility of laboratory results or vaccine certificates. To do this, IATA works with an ever-growing list of government-approved laboratories. IATA itself does not verify results – it provides registered labs with the means to send test results and vaccine details to travelers in a secure manner, details can be verified to ensure authenticity. “Test results and vaccination details are sent from the registered lab to the passenger’s phone as verifiable identifying information. It is not possible for the passenger to falsify this data. Controls are also in place to guarantee the identity of the passenger in order to avoid transferring the test results to a new person, ”according to IATA. In short, reports from a certified laboratory can be considered authentic.