Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the EU’s COVID Digital Certificate (DCC) and UK NHS COVID pass can now be uploaded to the IATA travel pass as verified proof of vaccination for the trip.
Travelers with an EU DCC or UK NHS COVID-19 COVID pass can now access accurate COVID-19 travel information for their trip, 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 who can be assured that the certificate presented to them is genuine and belongs to the person presenting it.
“COVID-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Managing European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travelers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines, ”said Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president for safety and security of operations.
Harmonization of digital vaccine standards
Harmonizing digital vaccine standards is key to supporting the safe and scalable restart of aviation, avoiding unnecessary queues at airports and ensuring a smooth passenger experience. IATA welcomes the work of the European Commission to develop the EU’s DCC system in record time and thereby standardize digital vaccine certificates across Europe.
Building on the success of the EU’s DCC, IATA urges the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its work to develop a digital global vaccine standard.
“The lack of a global standard makes it much more difficult for airlines, border authorities and governments to recognize and verify a traveler’s digital vaccination certificate. The industry is getting around this problem by developing solutions capable of recognizing and verifying the certificates of each country. But this is a slow process that is hampering the restart of international travel, ”said Careen.
“As more states roll out their immunization programs, many are urgently looking to implement technical solutions to provide vaccine certification to their citizens when they travel. In the absence of a WHO standard, IATA urges them to take a close look at the EU’s DCC as a proven solution that meets WHO guidelines and can help reconnect the world. “