TRAVEL PASS. The Philippines is considering using the IATA Travel Pass. It is a mobile application that can be used to create a digital passport, verify tests or vaccinations with regulatory authorities, and submit requirements such as test results or vaccination certificates to facilitate travel. (Screenshot from IATA video)

MANILA – The Philippine government is considering using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) travel pass as part of the country’s preparations for the resumption of international travel amid the pandemic, the ministry said on Wednesday. Tourism (DOT).

“This decision parallels measures taken by other countries that have successfully relaxed visitor borders amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

“Although in the testing phase, the IATA Travel Pass, which offers safe and convenient travel, has so far been useful for airlines who have adopted it for testing purposes,” she said. added.

Puyat raised the possibility during a meeting with IATA and local tourism industry leaders to explore adoption of the pass for passengers visiting the Philippines as she underlined pressure from Manila for the gradual reopening of hotels. tourist destinations with health and safety as top priorities.

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps people travel with ease while meeting government travel requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccines.

It can be used by users to create a digital passport, verify their tests or vaccinations with regulatory authorities, and submit requirements such as test results or vaccination certificates to facilitate travel.

The initiative also includes a ‘lab app’ to allow authorized Covid-19 testing centers and laboratories to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers.

The DOT, however, did not provide any timeline for the adoption of the IATA initiative in the Philippines.

“Once the country’s adoption of the IATA Travel Pass kicks off, DOT hopes to safely reopen our tourist destinations to international visitors and revive the tourism industry as a whole. But that will only be done when the time is right, ”Puyat said.

As of April 4, the DOT said more than 20 airlines and airline groups have adopted the IATA Travel Pass on a trial basis.

IATA represents a total of 290 airlines or 82 percent of total global commercial air traffic. Its members from the Philippines are Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines. (ANP)

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