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Singapore accepts IATA Travel Pass – coming May 1

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  •   04-06-2021  11:03 am
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Singapore accepts IATA Travel Pass – coming May 1
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is welcoming Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass.

From May 1, passengers travelling to Singapore will be able to use the IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with their airline, as well as on-arrival at the immigration checkpoints at Changi Airport.

This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA to facilitate seamless and efficient travel through digital certificates of COVID-19 tests, IATA says. 

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“Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore accept IATA Travel Pass is hugely significant. Ongoing trials put us on track for IATA Travel Pass to be a critical tool for the industry’s restart by delivering verified travel health credentials to governments. And travellers can have complete confidence that their personal data is secure and under their own control." 

"The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s newly-named director general.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s newly-named director general. (IATA)

Health passes will be "critical"

IATA says digital health certificates will be a “key feature” in air travel moving forward.

“Establishing trusted, secure solutions to verify the health credentials of travellers will be critical in facilitating smooth air travel and safeguarding public health,” the association said.

READ MORE: Travellers warming up to digital health pass, but want control of their data, IATA says

The IATA Travel Pass, announced in November 2020, is a personal secure digital wallet solution that can be used by passengers to obtain and store their COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories.

IATA says digital health certificates will be a “key feature” in air travel moving forward. (IATA)

Following the successful trials by Singapore Airlines, the Singapore health and border control authorities will accept the IATA Travel Pass as a valid form of presentation of COVID-19 pre-departure test results for entry into Singapore. T

he information presented on the IATA Travel Pass will be in a format that satisfies Singapore’s prevailing COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements for entry into Singapore.

More than 20 airlines, including Air New Zealand, Copa Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, RwandAir and Thai Airways, have announced trials of the IATA Travel Pass.

Travellers to Singapore intending to use the IATA Travel Pass are advised to check with the airline they are travelling with for eligibility to use the IATA Travel Pass, IATA noted.

Travel health credentials are already opening borders to some countries, IATA reports, and the notion of a “vaccination passport” is actively being discussed in Canada.


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