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International: Air Transport Association releases Q&A on vaccination travel pass

The International Air Transport Association ('IATA') released, on 16 February 2021, a Q&A on its travel pass application which aims to store and manage verified certifications for COVID-19 tests and vaccines. In particular, the IATA highlighted that the travel pass seeks to manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories, and travellers in order to support the reopening of borders. Furthermore, the IATA confirmed that it is for governments to decide the requirements for travel and that the travel pass is a tool that can be used to ensure verified information is sent to those who need it, in a safe and secure manner.

In addition, the IATA stated that the traveler pass does not store any data centrally, instead it links entities that need verification with the test or vaccination data once the traveller has consented to their information being disclosed. As such, the IATA noted that if the passenger chooses to release their certificates to authorities and other stakeholders, the data will be sent from their phones directly to the other entity.  

Moreover, the IATA outlined that the first full pilot with Singapore Airlines will start at the end of March 2021, followed by a pilot with the International Airlines Group S.A., and trials with Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C., Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Compañía Panameña de Aviación, S.A., along with 15 other airlines.

You can read the Q&A here.