Singapore International Airlines (SIA) said on Monday it would be the first airline in the world to trial the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, a new mobile app designed to show travelers have tested negative for COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against the virus.
The beta tests will cover flights from Singapore to London between March 15 and March 28.
SIA has already tested the first phase of its digital health verification process, the first in the world to be based on IATA’s Travel Pass framework, in December 2020.
“The first phase of the trials helped support SIA’s drive towards a safe and convenient industry standard for verifying Covid-19 test results and passenger health status, including their vaccination status, at the future,” JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Singapore Airlines, said in a statement. “It gives us confidence that in the second phase, we can further streamline the verification process for possible integration into the SIA mobile app. This will help provide a hassle-free digital solution for our customers in the new normal and help deliver a smoother travel experience. »
Participants will be required to show their confirmed status in the app to Changi Airport check-in staff before flight departure. In accordance with current regulatory requirements, they will also need to bring a physical copy of their health certificate issued by the clinic where they took their COVID-19 test.
By consolidating verification of medical credentials into a single application, participants can expect a faster and more seamless check-in process. Participants will have full control over how their personal information is shared, as the data is stored locally in the mobile phone and not in a central database.
“Our partnership with Singapore Airlines for the first full rollout of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again,” Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president, airports, passengers, cargo and security, said in a statement. . “In the immediate term, it is the solution for travelers to securely manage their travel health credentials. In the longer term, the digital identity elements of the IATA Travel Pass will place passengers from Singapore Airlines leads the way for an even more convenient contactless travel experience.