How the IATA Travel Pass works
The IATA Travel Pass will help people to travel at ease while meeting any government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will incorporate four open sourced and interoperable modules which can be combined for an end-to-end solution:
- Global registry of health requirements – enables passengers to find accurate information on travel, testing and vaccine requirements for journeys
- Global registry of Testing/Vaccination Centers – enables passengers to find testing centers and labs at departure and/or arrival location that can conduct COVID19 tests which meet the standards for testing and vaccination required for their destination
- Lab app – enables authorized labs and test centers to securely send results or vaccination certificates to passengers
- Digital passport module – enables passengers to create a ‘digital passport’, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their itinerary, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel. This app can also be used by travelers to manage travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout their journey, improving the travel experience.
When will IATA launch IATA Travel Pass?
Initial cross-border pilots started at the end of 2020. The first full pilot was carried out March 15 on Singapore Airlines London-Singapore route.
The iOS launch is slated for mid-April 2021 and the android launch for end April 2021.
To be ready for when governments re-open borders, we are working as fast as we can with our member airlines to bring this to market.
Do passengers need to pay for IATA Travel Pass?
No, IATA Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use.
Will passengers be banned from traveling if not vaccinated?
Governments, not airlines and not IATA, make the rules on entry requirements for travellers. Airlines and passengers need to comply. Governments will also decide if vaccinations will be mandatory or voluntary for their populations. If governments make vaccinations a requirement for travel, airlines will comply, and the IATA Travel Pass will help them
The main priority of this initiative powered by IATA, is to get people travelling again safely.
Airlines Trialing IATA Travel Pass include:
Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, IAG, Malaysia, Copa Airlines, RwandAir, Air New Zealand, Qantas, AirBaltic, Gulf Air, ANA, Air Serbia, THAI, Thai Smile, Korean Air, Neos, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiopian, VietJet Air, Hongkong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Iberia