IATA Unveils Details of Covid-19 Travel Pass Mobile App
Aviation body IATA has released details of its new mobile app that will enable travellers to comply with COVID-19 rules and regulations.
The IATA Travel Pass has been developed to give users the ability to manage their travel in line with government requirements for Covid testing and vaccination.
The app has four modules covering registrations for entry requirements, verified certification, digital identity and the ability to share testing results via mobile devices.
It says these four modules are independent, interoperable and have been built using open standards, so they can be used individually or as part of other solutions being developed.
IATA director general and chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac said: “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually, this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements.
“In either case, a secure system to manage Covid-19 testing or vaccination information is critical.
“The Iata Travel Pass is a solution that both travellers and governments can trust. And it is being built with data security, convenience and verification as top priorities.”
Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president, airport, passenger, cargo and security, added: “We are building the IATA Travel Pass with one aim—to help reconnect our world safely.
“Iata has brought advancements in global standards like e-ticketing and mobile boarding passes to consumers in all parts of the world.
“This unique capability demonstrates that we can work with industry and governments to re-shape travel processes based on global standards.
“We are confident that we can deliver a complete solution with Iata Travel Pass. And we are building the Iata Travel Pass so that other solutions serving the same industry re-opening goal can also benefit from it.
“We want airlines to have a competitive marketplace with the widest range of options that meet their specific needs.”
Travel Pass has been developed based on Iata’s Timatic information processing system which has been used by the aviation sector for decades.
Iata said this provides an established process for the global collection, verification, updating and distribution of information.
The body said three critical elements have been designed into Travel Pass:
- Putting travellers in control of their personal information for top-level data security and data privacy;
- Global standards recognised by governments to ensure verified identity and test/vaccine information;
- Convenience and biosafety will be enhanced with integration into contactless travel processes.