IATA Travel Pass, a digital e-health pass, likely to be released in early 2021 to boost air travel

IATA Travel Pass, a digital e-health pass, likely to be released in early 2021 to boost air travel

International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global airlines’ trade body, has announced that the IATA Travel Pass is slated for a release in the first quarter of 2021.

As per an official announcement, the IATA Travel Pass will be able to verify and manage the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among airlines, governments, laboratories and travellers. The development is to ensure passenger safety since the governments across the world are reopening their borders to travellers.

Elaborating more on this, IATA released a statement stating that for iPhone, it will use the
Secure Enclave features of Apple devices, whereas a similar security encryption technology for Android will be used. Reportedly, IATA divulged key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass, which will facilitate travellers to securely and easily manage their travel in line with any government requirements regarding COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.

IATA Travel Pass, a digital e-health pass, likely to be released in early 2021 to boost air travel

IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac stated that testing is the immediate solution to safely reopen borders and reconnect people, which will eventually to transition to vaccination requirements. As such, in both the cases, a secure system will be required to manage COVID-19 vaccination and testing. In such a scenario, the IATA Travel Pass will be a solution that will fill the gap between travellers and governments. Juniac added that it is being built with data security, convenience and verification as top priorities.

IATA emphasised that travellers will be in control of their personal information for top-level data security and data privacy. It also stated that the IATA Travel Pass stores encrypted data, including verified test or vaccination results on the mobile device of the traveller. The traveller controls what information is shared from their phone with airlines and authorities. No central database or data repository is storing the information.

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