By: Debjit Sinha | New Delhi | November 24, 2020
Flights during Covid pandemic: IATA and International Airlines Group (IAG) have been working together in the development of this solution and will undertake a trial to demonstrate that this platform combined with COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and replace quarantine
IATA Travel Pass is in the stage of final development and the first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the official launch is slated for the first quarter of 2021. (Reuters image)
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is all set to launch a digital health pass that will help reopen international travel and replace quarantine. along with Covid-19 testing, the global airlines body said in a statement. IATA has said that it was working with International Airlines Group (IAG) and will undertake a trial to demonstrate the process.
IATA Travel Pass is in the stage of final development and the first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the official launch is slated for the first quarter of 2021.
IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said, “Today borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share, and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass. We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation.”
“Our main priority is to get people traveling again safely. In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.