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Singapore to accept digital COVID-19 travel pass from next month

People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a viewing gallery at Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar su/File Photo

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SINGAPORE, April 5 (Reuters) – Singapore will accept visitors next month who use a mobile pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative.

Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Mobile Pass for pre-departure screening, where travelers can obtain permission to fly and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone app containing their data from accredited laboratories.

The pass has been successfully tested by Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI). More than 20 carriers, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines, are also trialling the pass.

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“The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the Singapore government a model to follow,” IATA Director General Willie Walsh said in a statement.

Asian business hub Singapore, which has had relatively few coronavirus cases this year, has been a leader in the development and use of technology during the pandemic and wants to be among the first countries to reopen to accommodate international events.

Airlines hope more countries will approve digital passes on apps to allow travel to resume more quickly and avoid complications and delays at airports where multiple document checks are required.

Currently, travelers from most countries are required to take pre-departure COVID-19 swab tests within 72 hours of their flight in order to travel to Singapore, with results presented upon check-in at the airport and on arrival.

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Reporting by Chen Lin; Editing by Martin Petty

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