The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced that it is in the final stages of developing a mobile application called “IATA Travel Pass”, which will allow travelers to easily view their credentials. COVID at airports.
The digital Travel Pass will display a record of an individual’s test results, proof of inoculation (as vaccines become available) and a link to an electronic copy of the user’s passport for identity verification . For users, it will also serve as a resource that lists various rules for national entry and nearby lab locations that meet the testing and/or vaccination requirements of their destination, Bloomberg reported.
The goal of IATA, like other groups developing so-called “COVID passports,” is to support the safe reopening of international borders and get the travel industry back on its feet, especially as approval for COVID-19 vaccines looks set to arrive in the coming months.
With many countries now adopting traveler testing requirements instead of quarantine, having a portable, verifiable method of storing and sharing your test results and (possibly) proof of vaccination could be invaluable. The app also incorporates open-source, interoperable software that will allow labs to securely deliver test results and certificates directly to passengers.
“Today, the borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to allowing international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matching traveler identities in accordance with border control requirements. This is the job of the IATA Travel Pass,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA.
Travel Pass will be free for travelers and governments, while airlines will pay a small fee for each passenger who uses the service during their trip. Alan Murray Hayden, IATA’s head of passenger and security products, told a briefing that IATA has already had positive discussions with a government about using the software and expects more. other countries follow this example.
The application will be based on the existing IATA Timatic platform, a system used by airlines and travel agencies to verify passenger travel document requirements. Murray Hayden clarified that the app will be based on blockchain technology and will not store personal data. He also said the business organization’s goal was simply to get people back in the air and he would be happy to work with other vendors to improve efficiency.
“Our main priority is to allow people to travel safely again. In the immediate term, this means giving governments confidence that routine COVID-19 testing can replace quarantine requirements,” said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airport, Passengers, Cargo and Security, in a statement. declaration. “It can be used in combination with other vendors or as an end-to-end standalone solution. Most importantly, it meets industry needs while enabling a competitive marketplace.
The first IATA Travel Pass cross-border pilot program will take place in partnership with British Airways parent company IAG SA later this year and the product launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
For more information, visit iata.org/en/publications/travel-pass/.