The IATA Travel Pass is continuously being discussed to make traveling easier during the coronavirus pandemic. IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac the application could be used starting in March 2021.
As reported to the media, future air travel is predicted not to require quarantine of tourists at their destination, provided that travelers can show a Travel Pass.
The IATA Travel Pass is a “digital passport” in the form of an application on a mobile phone. It contains information about the travelers’ individual test results, evidence of vaccination, and a link to an electronic copy of the traveler’s passport.
Eventually, tourists only need to open the IATA Travel Pass application to confirm that they have covered Covid-19 related travel requirements.
The “digital passport” Travel Pass feature can later be reviewed by airlines or other authorities that facilitate travel, as well as by government authorities of the destination country.
“With this application, IATA also aims to provide the government confidence to re-open borders without imposing quarantine on incoming travelers,” IATA said on its’ website.
Singapore Airlines will be the first to test the app. Followed by Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Copay Airlines and 15 others, according to the IATA. The IATA said it was also receiving support from Panama and was also in talks with other governments.
“Testing is the first key to enabling international travel without quarantine measures,” IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac previously stated in November.
“The second key is the global information infrastructure required to manage, share and securely verify test data that matches the identity of tourists according to border control requirements,” he added.
“We will bring it to the market in the coming months to also meet the needs of various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting to operate,” he said.
IATA has set a target for the digital passport Travel Pass to be released starting in March 2021.