Tuesday,  May 11, 2021  10:32 am

Thai Airways, Thai Smile to begin IATA Travel Pass trials


Thai Airways, Thai Smile to begin IATA Travel Pass trials
THAI and THAI Smile sign agreements to trial IATA Travel Pass. (Supplied)
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Thai Airways and subsidiary Thai Smile have agreed to pilot the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass.

The IATA Travel Pass is an app designed to enhance compliance with health requirements for air passengers, allowing them to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.

The digital health pass, which was first announced in November 2020, includes a registry of testing and, eventually, a directory for vaccination centres.

IATA says it will be convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location in order to meet destination requirements.

READ MORE: IATA looks to digital health pass for safe reopening of borders

The platform will also enable authorized labs and test centres to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers, offering a more seamless passenger experience.

The IATA Travel Pass aims to enhance compliance with health requirements for air passengers. (thaiairways.com)

A release issued on Monday (March 15) announced that Mr. Chansin Treenuchagron, acting President at Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Mrs. Charita Leelayudh, CEO, Thai Smile Airways have signed agreements to start testing the new technology.

“This will be important for governments that are likely to require either verified testing or vaccination proof as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a corporate press release.

The IATA Travel Pass will be “more secure and efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements,” it goes on to say.

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

“This will be important given the potentially enormous scale of testing or vaccine verifications that will need to be securely managed,” the release says.

Thai and Thai Smile say the aim of the pass is to “increase passenger confidence to travel, enabling a quick recovery for global aviation and the tourism industry around the world.”

Several other airlines have committed to giving the IATA Travel Pass a trial run, including Air New Zealand, Copa Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, RwandAir and Singapore Airlines.


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