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IATA prepares to launch a 'covid passport' for travel with 290 airlines

A new app to help travelers store and manage COVID-19 test and vaccination data will launch in March. The IATA Travel Pass is developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global trade association of 290 airlines. IATA hopes the free mobile app will be the key to opening borders and resuming flight in a world without quarantine. More details about the application told the publication CNN.

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The Travel Pass app will become a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all national regulations regarding travel requirements for passengers due to the coronavirus. It works in four ways.

First, there is global register of health requirementsso passengers can check what it takes to get to the places they hope to visit.

After that, travelers can check global registry of testing and vaccination centersto make an appointment before leaving.

Then authorized laboratories and test centers can safely provide passengers with test and vaccination certificates through the app.

Finally, travelers can manage your digital identity for non-contact travel: create a digital version of your passport on your phone, receive and send test or vaccination certificates, and manage other travel documents.

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IATA says on its website: “To open borders without quarantine, governments need to be confident that there is no risk of importation of COVID-19. The solution is testing or proof of vaccination. "

“Whatever the government's plans, we will be ready to help them with the IATA Travel Pass,” said IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

This new digital platform is an upgrade to the existing paper test and vaccination certificate system.

“Governments define travel requirements; airlines and passengers must comply with them, ”IATA said in a statement.

Passengers will be able to download and use the IATA Travel Pass for free, and the iOS and Android app is scheduled to launch at the end of March.

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At this stage, Singapore Airlines will partner to deploy the first full pilot project, followed by a pilot with the International Airlines Group (IAG) and trials with approximately 20 airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Copa Airlines and RwandAir.

The IATA Travel Pass is not the only solution under development. Several applications are being prepared for market launch.

CommonPass by the nonprofit Commons Project Foundation is already being used by airlines to a limited extent, while computer giant IBM has been working on its Digital Health Pass for nine months.

The IATA Travel Pass is built using four interoperable open source modules that can be used together as a single solution or in combination with solutions created by other companies. IATA states: "We want the application to be as flexible as possible."

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