A pass that allows travelers to show negative evidence of a COVID-19 test or vaccination will be rolled out on Apple’s platform in mid-April.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which develops the pass, planned to release the pass by the end of March.
A spokeswoman said in an email to The Epoch Times on Tuesday that the IATA Travel Pass will be available on iOS and Apple platforms in mid-April and on Android in mid-May.
Governments that require proof of testing or vaccination as a condition of travel can use the app with confidence that the information provided has been verified, the association says. That website..
“By using this app, IATA also aims to give governments the confidence to reopen their borders without imposing quarantine on incoming travelers.”
The free app includes up-to-date information on vaccination requirements for travel, testing, and various sections of travel, a global registry of testing and vaccination centers, and the option to create a “digital passport” where travelers can share their tests. I will. Or vaccination certificate to airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.
Kamil Arawadi, vice president of IATA Africa and the Middle East, said at the end of last month that the pass “will only succeed when adopted by airlines, different countries and airports.” “A huge number of airlines are demanding boarding,” he added.
Virgin Atlantic plans to try the app on UK-Barbados flights starting April 16th. The trial will be conducted in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, which will accept the pass at the border.
In a recent press release, Virgin Atlantic can participate in the trial by downloading the pass to a smartphone, creating a digital ID with a profile picture and passport information, and then uploading the relevant COVID-19 information. ..
“The Barbados trial with the IATA Travel Pass is heading towards the Digital Health Pass as it actively seeks secure solutions to integrate testing, vaccination, health documents and locator forms into the customer journey. It’s an exciting step, “said Chief Customer Corneel Koster. Virgin operations manager.
“We welcome this progressive step in complementing the public health protocols and programs already in place,” added Barbados Senator Lisa Cumins, Minister of Tourism of the State.
“The IATA Travel Pass provides both visitors and Barbadians with the added element of safety and gives them the confidence to engage and promote travel that protects us all,” she says. I did. “Looking ahead to the coming months, our intention is to create a new look tourism industry that comprehensively reflects the new public health obligations.”
According to IATA, other airlines, including Air Emirates and Air New Zealand, are also trying the pass.
Association officials told the Epoch Times this week that they are not supporting the government to require COVID-19 vaccination for travel.
US companies are also developing so-called vaccine passports. Many officials expect this to be needed for various modes of transportation in the near future.
While some are enthusiastic about passports, experts have expressed concern about the loss of freedom they represent.
“Once we start controlling this virus properly, we need to regain our freedom. Vaccine passports (basically COVID ID cards) take us in a different direction,” said the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in the United Kingdom. Ed Davey recently said.