The International Air Transport Association (IATA) developed the IATA Travel Pass, which aims to help travelers with their COVID-19 test results and Vaccination Certificate, set to launch by the end of March.
The IATF Travel Pass is a free mobile application. Set to be the key to reopening the borders of different countries. Where its main goal is "a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding COVID-19 passenger travel requirements."
The app follows four simple steps. The first is a global registry of health requirements needed for each different destination. This helps passengers determine the documents they needed to secure before traveling.
Next is to check the global registry for their testings and vaccination centers, enabling a quicker way to set appointments closer to their locations prior to their departure.
Afterward, the authorized labs and test centers can share the test results and vaccination securely and confidentially through the app with the passenger.
Finally, they can manage their digital identity for contactless travel. Such as generating a digital version of their passport right on their phones. They can also receive and share their COVID-19 test results and Vaccination Certificates, as well as their travel documentation if ever needed.
"To reopen borders without quarantine, governments need to be confident that they are mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. Testing or proof of vaccine is the solution," the IATA says on their website.
"Whatever governments plans are, we'll be ready to help them with the IATA Travel Pass," Alexandre de Juniac, the IATA CEO said on his blog.
The app is a step-up from the existing system of paper tests and vaccine certificates. Though currently, it handles only COVID-19 certificates, its potential is limitless that can improve and adapt to what the future situation needs.
The IATA Travel Pass is currently being developed by using four open-sources interoperable modules. "It is built it in modules as an industry solution based on open-source standards. It can be used in combination with other providers or as an end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to industry needs while enabling a competitive market."
On the other hand, the IATA emphasized that they are not saying that passengers need to be vaccinated first before they could travel.
"Governments decide the requirements to travel; airlines and passengers need to comply," IATA said.
Singapore Airlines will be the first to use the app, to full pilot, followed by the International Airlines Group (IAG). 20 different airlines are included in the trial run for the app, these include Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Copa Airlines, and RwandAir.
By Maureen O'Hare, CNN, Nina dos Santos, Antonia Mortensen and Susanne Gargiulo contributed to this report.
Source: CNN Travel