The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile application under development allowing travelers to store and manage certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. The app should be available in iOS and Android stores by March 2021.
The information provided through the IATA Travel Pass can be used by governments requiring testing or vaccination proofs as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A critical aspect is the fact that the information supplied is verified. It is a secure means to manage health requirements, much more efficient than paper processes.
With this app, IATA also aims to provide governments with the confidence to reopen borders without imposing quarantines on incoming travelers.
How the IATA Travel Pass works
The IATA Travel Pass will help people to travel at ease while meeting any government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will encompass:
- Global registry of health requirements – to find accurate information on travel, testing and vaccine requirements for journeys
- Global registry of testing/vaccination centers – to identify testing centers and labs at departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of the destination
- Lab app – to locate authorized labs and test centers to securely share test and vaccination certificates
- Digital passport module - to enable passengers to create a ‘digital passport’, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their itinerary, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. This app can also be used by travelers to manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout their journey, improving the travel experience.
Governments decide the requirements to travel; airlines and passengers need to comply
Traditionally there have been visa and vaccination requirements in many countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic governments have imposed additional restrictions: quarantine measures, testing requirements and eventually vaccination requirements. IATA Travel Pass is a tool for travelers but communicates with governments, airlines, and test centers/vaccination providers to get verified information to those who need it in a safe and secure manner.
Want to know more about the Travel Pass?
Will I be banned from traveling if I am not vaccinated?
Governments, not airlines and not IATA, make the rules on entry requirements for travelers. Airlines and passengers need to comply. Governments will also decide if vaccinations will be mandatory or voluntary for their populations. If governments make vaccinations a requirement for travel, airlines will comply, and the IATA Travel Pass will help them
As a passenger, do I need to pay for IATA Travel Pass?
No, IATA Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use.
How do I know that my details are being treated with integrity?
You as a traveler you always remain in control of your data privacy. The IATA Travel Pass does not store any data centrally. It simply links entities that need verification with the test or vaccination data when travelers permit. No verification will go to an airline or a government without your authorization.
What happens if I don't have a smartphone?
There will be paper-based alternatives for people who do not have mobile phones. And for families, who may not have a smartphone each, we have formed an industry working group to explore how we can make the process as seamless and efficient as possible.
When will IATA launch IATA Travel Pass?
The app is expected to be available (iOS and android) by the end of March 2021.
The first-cross border pilots are currently in progress.
What airlines are trialing the IATA Travel Pass?
Singapore Airlines are currently trailing IATA Travel Pass and British Airways will commence a pilot imminently. In addition, Emirates and Etihad Airways are working towards piloting the solution in the coming months.