IATA synchronizes EU and UK vaccination certificates with travel pass
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) COVID pass can now be downloaded into the IATA Travel Pass by as verified proof of travel vaccination.
Travelers with an EU DCC or UK NHS COVID pass can now access accurate COVID-19 travel information for their trip, create an electronic version of their passport and import their vaccination certificate in one place . This information can be shared with airlines and border control authorities who can be assured that the certificate presented to them is genuine and belongs to the person presenting it.
“COVID-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Managing European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travelers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines, ”said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for safety and security of operations.
IATA is also urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its work to develop a digital global vaccine standard.
“The lack of a global standard makes it much more difficult for airlines, border authorities and governments to recognize and verify a traveler’s digital vaccination certificate. The industry is getting around this problem by developing solutions capable of recognizing and verifying the certificates of each country. But it is a slow process that is hampering the restart of international travel.
“As more states roll out their immunization programs, many are urgently looking to implement technical solutions to provide vaccine certification to their citizens when they travel. In the absence of a WHO standard, IATA urges them to take a close look at the EU’s DCC as a proven solution that meets WHO guidelines and can help reconnect the world, ”said Careen said.
IATA also recently announced that Saudi Arabia will accept the IATA Travel Pass to confirm pre-departure COVID-19 test results for departing and arriving passengers from September 30, 2021. This acceptance will ultimately be extended to vaccine certification.
Travelers to / from Saudi Arabia will have the choice of using either the IATA Travel Pass or Tawakkalna, the country’s national health app, owned and developed by the Saudi Data Authority and artificial intelligence (SDAIA).