The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is on the schedule to release the IATA Travel Pass early in the first quarter of 2021 to help reconnect our world safely.
The Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.
“The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both travelers and governments can trust. And it is being built with data security, convenience, and verification as top priorities,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Sri Lanka has announced plans to allow operations at key Airports of the country at usual levels from 26th of this month.
IATA today emphasized Putting travelers in control of their personal information for top-level data security and data privacy, Global standards recognized by governments to ensure verified identity and test/vaccine information, and Convenience and biosafety will be enhanced with integration into contactless travel processes as three priorities with three critical design elements of the Travel Pass.
IATA has been developing the IATA Travel Pass in four independent modules that can interact with each other. These modules will cover registries for regulatory entry requirements and labs/test centers, verified certificate issuance, digital identity, and the possibility for passengers to share their test results along their journey via their mobile device.
“We are building the IATA Travel Pass with one aim—to help reconnect our world safely. IATA has brought advancements in global standards like e-ticketing and mobile boarding passes to consumers in all parts of the world. This unique capability demonstrates that we can work with industry and governments to re-shape travel processes based on global standards.
We are confident that we can deliver a complete solution with IATA Travel Pass. And we are building the IATA Travel Pass so that other solutions serving the same industry re-opening goal can also benefit from it. We want airlines to have a competitive marketplace with the widest range of options that meet their specific needs,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo, and Security.
IATA’s Timatic offering is a foundational element of the IATA Travel Pass. For decades it has provided reliable entry requirement information to airlines and travelers. Integrating Timatic into the IATA Travel Pass entry requirements registry model brings with it an established process for the global collection, verification, updating and distribution of this information.