Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Taiwan’s two major international carriers, China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways, announced on Tuesday that they will soon start using an international digital health checker app as a test on routes selected, as part of their COVID -19 prevention measures.
The IATA Travel Pass, which was developed by the International Air Transport Association, is a mobile app that helps travelers store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, airlines said.
The app also provides passengers with information about the tests, vaccines and other measurements they will need before travel, the airlines said.
Digital information stored on COVID-19 vaccines and tests can easily be presented at airports, at a time when border controls have been tightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines say.
CAL has announced that it will begin using the IATA Travel Pass on a trial basis from August 30, for passengers on flights returning to Taiwan from Singapore; Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; London, UK; and the US cities of Los Angeles, Ontario, San Francisco and New York.
“This service will speed up the check-in process, reduce unnecessary human contact and provide passengers with greater peace of mind during their flight,” CAL said in a statement.
EVA Air, meanwhile, said it would test the use of the app on its flights from Paris to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, starting in September.
“As we learn to live with COVID, tools like the IATA Travel Pass will become essential,” the airline said in a statement, adding that more than 70 airlines around the world are currently using the app as their trial.
EVA Air said digital health verification apps are handy tools that give border control officers direct access to passenger COVID-19 test results and help reduce human error and unnecessary interactions between people, at a time when proof of COVID-19 vaccination and negative test results are becoming mandatory travel documents.
To participate in the trial, passengers will need to download the app from the App Store or Google Play, and when they travel to a participating hospital to take a COVID-19 PCR test, an electronic copy of the results may be stored. on the IATA Travel Pass, which can then be presented at the airport, the airlines said.
In Taiwan and the United States, however, passengers should also be prepared to present the hard copy of their PCR test results at the airport upon request, the airlines said.