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Singapore to Test ‘First Full Deployment’ of IATA Travel Pass App

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Singapore Airlines later this month will begin testing the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass mobile health verification app on flights from Singapore to London, the carrier announced.

Beginning March 15, passengers on that route using Apple iOS-enabled phones will be able to download the Travel Pass app and create a digital identification with their photo and passport information. They also can submit flight information and book a Covid-19 test at one of seven participating clinics in Singapore, after which their test results can be viewed directly in the app. Check-in staff at Changi airport can then verify their status via the app, which will speed up the check-in process, according to the carrier.

Due to current regulations, travelers still will need to carry a physical copy of their health certificate issued by the testing clinic.

Singapore’s trial will run through March 28 and is the “first full deployment of the IATA Travel Pass,” according to IATA SVP of airport, passenger, cargo and security Nick Careen. If successful, the carrier plans to integrate the digital health verification process into its mobile app in mid-2021.

In December, Singapore Airlines tested a digital health verification process based on the Travel Pass framework for passengers from Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, in which clinics issued health certificates with QR codes that could be scanned in Singapore. The carrier said more than 200 such certificates have been verified by check-in staff since that trial began, and there have been no instances of fraudulent certificates.

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