Singapore International Airlines (SIA) said Monday it will be the first airline in the world to test the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) travel passport, a new mobile app designed to indicate that travellers have tested negative for COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against the virus.
The beta test will take place on flights from Singapore to London between April 15 and 28. The month of March will take place.
SIA has already launched the first phase of its digital health survey, the world’s first based on the IATA ticketing system, in December 2020.
The first phase of the trial helped support SIA’s efforts to establish a safe and practical industry standard for verifying Covid-19 test results and passenger health, including vaccination status, in the future, said JoAnn Tan, Singapore Airlines’ acting senior vice president of marketing planning, in a statement. This gives us the confidence that in the second phase we can further simplify the verification process for later integration into the AIS mobile application. This will provide our customers with a painless digital solution in the new normal and make travel smoother.
Participants must post their confirmed status on the Changi Airport check-in staff app before departure. Under current law, they must also bring a physical copy of their medical certificate from the clinic where they were tested for COVID-19.
By consolidating medical record verification into one application, participants can expect a faster and simpler enrollment process. Subscribers have full control over how their personal information is shared, as the data is stored locally on the mobile phone and not in a central database.
Our partnership with Singapore Airlines on the first full launch of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again, said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airports, Passengers, Cargo and Security. In the short term, it is a solution for travellers to manage their medical travel records in a safe and secure way. In the longer term, the digital identity elements of the IATA Travel Pass will allow Singapore Airlines passengers to travel contactless in an even more convenient way.
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