by Seth BUTERA April 27, 2021
The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile application under development allowing travelers to simply and securely store and manage certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.
The information through the IATA Travel Pass can be shared with border authorities requiring testing or proof of vaccination as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A critical aspect is the fact that the information supplied is verified. It is a secure means to manage health requirements, much more efficient than paper processes.
With this app, IATA also aims to provide governments with the confidence to reopen borders without imposing quarantines on incoming travelers.
Governments, not airlines and not IATA, make the rules on entry requirements for travelers. Airlines and passengers need to comply. Governments will also decide if vaccinations will be mandatory or voluntary for their populations. If governments make vaccinations a requirement for travel, airlines will comply, and the IATA Travel Pass will help them
No, IATA Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use.How do I know that my details are being treated with integrity?
You as a traveler you always remain in control of your data privacy. The IATA Travel Pass does not store any data centrally. It simply links entities that need verification with the test or vaccination data when travelers permit. No verification will go to an airline or a government without your authorization.
There will be paper-based alternatives for people who do not have mobile phones. And for families, who may not have a smartphone each, we have formed an industry working group to explore how we can make the process as seamless and efficient as possible.
Initial cross-border pilots started at the end of 2020. The first full pilot was carried out March 15 on Singapore Airlines London-Singapore route.
The iOS launch took place mid-April 2021 and the android launch for end April 2021.
To be ready for when governments re-open borders, we are working as fast as we can with our member airlines to bring this to market.