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Covid-19 travel certificates currently in use by the UK and across the European Union are expected to be integrated into the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass. The move is intended to streamline the travel process for millions of people around the world, providing a convenient way to store important information for travelers.
IATA was among the first to pilot a travel pass system, beginning development of its app in late 2020. However, since then several other travel pass-type systems have been created and used by organizations. countries all over the world. Here’s a look at what the IATA Travel Pass offers and what onboarding means for travellers.
IATA Travel Pass – Information for travelers
According to their website, the IATA Travel Pass is a smartphone app “that helps travelers store and manage their verified certifications for Covid-19 tests or vaccines,” which is also “more secure and efficient than paper-based processes. used to manage sanitary requirements”. ”, – a feature that the IATA state is important because of the large scale of vaccine testing or controls that will need to be managed safely during air travel, now and in the future.
The Travel Pass is made up of four key modules – the Health Requirements Register; the register of screening/vaccination centres; the laboratory application; and the Travel Pass app. These modules:
- Enable passengers to find travel information, testing and vaccine requirements for their trip
- Allows passengers to find test centers and laboratories at their place of departure and/or arrival that can carry out COVID-19 tests in accordance with the type of test required for their journey
- Enable authorized laboratories and test centers to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers
- Allow passengers to (1) create a “digital passport”, (2) verify that their test/vaccination complies with regulations and (3) share test or vaccination certificates with authorities to facilitate travel.
- Can be used by travelers to manage travel documents digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience
While the IATA Travel Pass may have become widely available to the public on April 15, 2021, when it was added to app stores around the world, it was first used a few weeks earlier on passenger flights. trial by Emirates and Etihad Airways, for specific flights departing from Etihad and Abu Dhabi airports.
Integration with the UK and EU – What Travelers Need to Know
Having to download a series of different travel certificate applications and go through the process of downloading and verifying the tests can be off-putting for many travelers. However, the integration of UK and EU travel certificates with the IATA Travel Pass app could reduce levels of bureaucracy in the future. The change means travelers with the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate (DCC) or UK NHS Covid-19 Pass can upload their details to the IATA Travel Pass app.
Speaking of the move, Nick Careen, Senior Vice President for Operations Safety and Security, said: “Covid-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Managing EU and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is a significant step forward, providing convenience for travellers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines.
Travelers will now be able to use the IATA Travel Pass not only to find accurate Covid-19 travel information for their trip, but they will also be able to create an electronic version of their passport and import their vaccination certificate or test results – the all in the same app. Not only does this assure border control authorities and airline staff that credentials are genuine, but it also makes it easier for passengers and staff to travel.
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