Tuesday, February 23, 2021

IATA travel app to share test result, jab certificates with airlines & border control digital

New Delhi: An App could soon facilitate your travels during these uncertain pandemic times by giving the entry requirements of different countries; list the places where to get tested/jabs in your location and then share the result/vaccine certificate with airlines and border controls.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has run trials on its Travel Pass that it hopes to roll out next month across the world. It is in talks with Indian authorities and airlines for being allowed for use here also.

The IATA Travel Pass will “enable travellers to create a digital passport (with flight details they are supposed to take). Verify their testing and vaccination requirements (destination-wise). Find authorised labs at departure location that meet the testing/vaccination requirements. The labs will securely send test result/vaccination certificates to passengers,” says IATA. Depending on the test result, passengers will then share “ok to travel” status with airlines and border control.

This will happen in a series of steps: Getting proof of test/vaccination: A passenger will feed his/her flight details on the app; find out ravel requirement; get list of authorised labs at origin city and show the app at the lab when he/she goes for testing/vaccination. Verifying that the test/vaccination is valid for the itinerary. Sharing proof of test/vaccination with airlines and border control.

Since the outbreak of Covid early last year and then the subsequent testing requirements for a Covid negative certificate there have been several cases of forged certificates being given by some unscrupulous labs.

Since checking the validity of paper certificates is not easy, apps are being designed to digitise the process completely and minimise the chances of fraudulent testing/vaccination certificates.

Different states have different testing requirements. Asked if the app can be used to facilitate domestic travel, Goel said: “While the app is fundamentally designed for international travel, it can be modified for domestic travel also.”

IATA carried out a pilot of the travel pass with Singapore Airlines in the last quarter of 2020 and then with some other airlines like Emirates this year. It plans to roll out the pass next month.

23/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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