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Singapore Airlines Successfully Trials IATA’s Travel Pass

Singapore Airlines has this week become the first carrier in the world to carry passengers using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, a digital platform for travellers that offers a global and standardised solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding COVID-19 travel requirements. The Asian flag carrier is conducting a two-week trial of the app over the last two weeks of Mar-2021 on its Singapore – London route. Passengers booked to fly on the long-haul route which own phones with Apple’s IOS operating system are able to download the app and create a digital ID comprising their profile photo and passport information.

Ahead of leaving Singapore they can book a pre-departure COVID-19 test at one of seven participating clinics in Singapore, registering using their digital ID and flight information. They will subsequently receive their test result and, if negative, confirmation of their ‘OK to Travel’ status which is displayed to airline staff at Changi International Airport prior to leaving the country.

This is the first full deployment of the IATA Travel Pass, a product that many in the industry see as an effective toll to help get the world flying again. “In the immediate term, it is the solution for travellers to safely and securely manage their travel health credentials,” says Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president airport, passenger, cargo, and security.

For the travel and tourism industry the main priority is to safely get people travelling again. In the immediate term that means establishing confidence in governments that systematic pre-departure COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. This will be an initial foundation for travel that will later transfer from a testing based protocol to a vaccination based record.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO says the successful implementation of the Singapore Airlines trial demonstrates that technology “can securely, conveniently and