“Today, borders are doubled locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveller identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass,” said Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of IATA.
“We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and the public health corridors that are starting operation,” de Juniac added.
The travel pass is scheduled for pilot testing later this year, with the launch initially slated for the first quarter of 2021.
With the travel pass, travellers will be able to access a contactless app to create a “digital passport”, receive test and vaccination certificates, which can then be shared with airlines and authorities.
The app can also be used by travellers to manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout their journey, thus improving travel experience.
“IATA and International Airlines Group (IAG) have been working together in the development of this solution and will undertake a trial to demonstrate that this platform, combined with COVID-19 testing, can reopen international travel and replace quarantine,” IATA said in a statement.
Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, said their main priority is to get people travelling again safely.
“In the immediate term, that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program,” said Careen.
“The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both. And we have built it using a modular approach based on open source standards to facilitate interoperability. It can be used in combination with other providers or as a standalone end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to industry’s needs while enabling a competitive market,” added Careen.
(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)
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