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IATA Travel Pass is coming! Airlines will start using it in March

There is fast progress regarding the implementation of IATA Travel Pass digital health credential solution to market. And most of the world’s biggest airlines will start using it from March on.

This comes from IATA’s head of airport, passenger and security products, Alan Murray Hayden, PhocusWire reports.  

“I’ve never in my life seen a project move at such pace,” Hayden says, speaking during a webinar by IATA and Evernym.

“We have teams of people working 12 hours a day to make this happen and to try to solve this industry problem.”

Explaining IATA Travel Pass

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, IATA is working on launching its Travel Pass, a digital platform for passengers. The main priority is to get people traveling again safely. Also, in the immediate term that means establishing confidence in governments that systematic pre-departure COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements.

The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for the airline industry and passengers. It has modules as an industry solution based on open source standards. It can work in combination with other providers or as an end-to-end solution. The pass also is responsive to industry needs while enabling a competitive market.

The Travel Pass enables passengers to find accurate information on travel, testing and vaccine requirements for their journey. As a result, it enables passengers to find testing centers and labs at their departure location which meet the standards. IATA Travel Pass enables authorized labs and test centers to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers. This pass enables passengers to create a ‘digital passport’, verify their test/vaccination meets the regulations. Also, it shares test or vaccination certificates with authorities to facilitate travel. It can be used by travelers to manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the journey.

“One of the challenges with testing so far is the time it takes for agents to actually verify the tests,” Hayden says. He adds:  “We need confidence in test results and vaccination results. Then we can start opening up the restrictions on borders.”

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