Japan Airlines has announced trials of no less than three digital health platforms, with the aim of implementing “standardized digital health checks on the carrier’s international flights.”
JAL works with Common Pass, Verifly, and IATA Travel Pass on a variety of routes and dates, as carriers around the world try to familiarize themselves with different technologies and country requirements.
The airline is testing the Common Pass platform on selected flights from Japan to Honolulu and Singapore, which it says will “confirm the function of sending Covid-19 test results from the airport’s Terminal 3 clinic. Haneda of Toho University (a State of Hawaii-approved Covid-19 testing facility) to the Common Pass app ”.
Second, JAL is testing the Verifly app on select US roads, with a view to implementing the platform on North American roads starting this month.
Finally, the carrier plans to try the IATA Travel Pass on selected international flights in May. JAL said the trial would have several purposes, including confirming the information verification process at the airport counter.
The airline noted that Common Pass and the IATA Travel Pass “aim to become the industry standard for full global implementation,” while Verifly “is in practice in the United States, which allows the introduction of the platform on JAL international flights to / from the country ”.
This week, competing Japanese carrier ANA also announced a test of the Common Pass platform.
The ANA tests the Common Pass digital health passport
JAL said the aim of the trials was to:
- Introduce and develop health attestation platforms worldwide, which can display information on a customer’s digital device, including the results of Covid-19 tests issued by medical institutions, and further information on entry requirements for each destination
- Achieve a contactless and transparent registration process with health credential apps
- Expand applicable situations including removal of health quarantine processes with the use of health credential platforms
For more information on the different digital health passports in development and the carriers testing which platforms, see:
Vaccine passports – a guide to the different options