The vaccine passport will be introduced by the airlines from March

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From March, major international airlines will start using the Travel Pass digital health system to certify vaccination against Covid-19, which is a step

globally accelerate the reopening of borders, the restoration of air transport and the previously brisk passenger traffic between countries

– Alan Murray Hayden, IATA’s head of passenger and safety products at the International Air Transport Association, spoke at a professional forum where he described the launch of a lightning-fast standardized solution as a rapid step, according to Travel Weekly.

Passport control at Helsinki Airport. The process is simplified, contactless Photo: Hungarian Nation

The expert recalled that the purpose of a digital vaccine passport is to allow a passenger to walk from the sidewalk to the plane without having to physically exchange documents, i.e.

you can use the flight service on international flights in a virus-free way without special document checks.

In response to the pandemic, IATA has built a more reliable mobile innovation than paper-based documentation on a contactless passenger screening system used by travel agents and airlines for decades, which works on a smartphone.

The application stores and, if necessary, updates the epidemic vaccination certificate or when and with what results the passenger was tested for the coronavirus.

The developers also thought about the tricks,

in the original program, so-called digital watermarks are placed,

in the absence of which they can ask the passenger at the time of the official check where his certificates come from – in this way they can also better detect false tests.

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Medical workers at Charles de Gaulle Airport. International air traffic is not projected to return to pre-crisis levels by 2024 Photo: Reuters / Christian Hartmann

The standardized system consists of four components: on the one hand, it provides information on the health requirements for the given country, for which it also offers a register of testing and vaccination centers and laboratories.

The application is also safe because test laboratories can securely send test results and certificates to passengers through it, but it is also possible for the passenger to upload them and then share them with the airline and the authorities at the destination.

– The main priority is for people to be able to travel safely again –

formulates the air traffic association, noting that trust needs to be built in governments, for which testing and the vaccine program introduced to replace quarantine requirements are suitable, this is combined with the application of the IATA Travel Pass.

“We need to respond to industrial needs while enabling a competitive market,” they summed up.


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