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Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021

EU and UK digital Covid certificates now compatible with IATA Travel Pass

The EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) and UK NHS Covid Pass is now formally recognised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

They can now be uploaded into IATA Travel Pass as verified proof of vaccination for travel.

Travellers holding an EU DCC or UK NHS Covid Pass can now access accurate Covid-19 travel information for their journey, create an electronic version of their passport and import their vaccination certificate in one place.

This information can be shared with airlines and border control authorities.

"Covid-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Handling the European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travelers," said Nick Careen, IATA's Senior Vice President for Operations Safety and Security. 

Harmonization of digital vaccine standards is essential to support the safe and scalable restart of aviation and avoid unnecessary airport queues, IATA says.

Additionally, IATA urges the World Health Organization (WHO) to revisit its work to develop a global digital vaccine standard.

"The absence of a global standard makes it much harder for airlines, border authorities and governments to recognise and verify a traveller's digital vaccination certificate. The industry is working around this by developing solutions that can recognize and verify certificates from individual countries but this is a slow process that is hampering the restart of international travel," Careen said.

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