The International Air Transport Association (IATA) plans to launch the Travel Pass mobile app in the first quarter of 2021. The app will help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information, Orient news outlet reported on Tuesday.
“Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people,” IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said. “And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both travelers and governments can trust.”
According to the IATA, the Travel Pass will store encrypted data including verified COVID-19 test or vaccination results on the mobile device of the traveler. The traveler will control what information is shared from their phone with airlines and authorities.
IATA works with renowned laboratories to reliably link their test results to the verified identity of the Travel Pass holder.
The Travel Pass is expected to unlock the potential for convenient contactless travel processes from check-in to boarding.