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Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

IATA develops Covid-free app to kick-start air travel recovery



The International Air Transport Association says it is in the advanced development phase of its 'Travel Pass' app which would provide proof of a passenger's Covid-free status.


The Travel Pass would display test results as well as proof of a Covid vaccination, and would link to a digitized copy of their passport to prove their identity.


A pilot program will start with British Airways parent International Airlines Group (IAG) later this year.





The app's security features would allow authorized labs and test centers to securely share test and vaccination certificates with passengers.


It will also display a global registry of health requirements for passengers based on destination.


The app can 'manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the journey,' IATA said.


Travelers will be able to present a QR code for scanning at border points.


"Our main priority is to get people traveling again safely. In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic Covid-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements, and that will eventually develop into a vaccine program. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both," IATA said.


 


Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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