The DOT is in talks with IATA and industry representatives in exploring the use of an app that will assist future airline passengers in facilitating safe and convenient travel.
The IATA Travel Pass App will contain all the passenger details necessary for safe, efficient travel. It will inform passengers on what tests, vaccines, and other measures are required prior to travel, where they can get tested. They will also have the ability to share their tests and vaccination results in a verifiable manner that also protects their privacy.
Also called a Digital Health Certificate, it can be seen as a needed travel tool to accompany a passenger’s passport in the new normal.
“Once the country’s adoption of the IATA Travel Pass is put into motion, the DOT hopes to safely reopen our tourist destinations to international visitors and revive the tourism industry as a whole. But this will be done only when the time is right,” Puyat stated.
As of April 4, over 20 airlines and airline groups have adopted the IATA Travel Pass on a trial basis with Singapore Airlines, along with the country’s health and border control authorities, one of the first to accept the IATA Travel Pass as a valid form of presentation of Covid-19 pre-departure test results for entry into Singapore.