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Airline industry app could open up quarantine-free travel

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The IATA Travel Pass, a new app to help travelers store and manage their certifications for Covid-19 tests and vaccines, is set to launch in March. Its makers hope it's the key to reopening borders without quarantining

(CNN) — A new app to help travelers store and manage their certifications for Covid-19 tests and vaccines is set to launch next month.

The IATA Travel Pass is being developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association of which 290 airlines are a member.

Billing itself as "a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding Covid-19 passenger travel requirements," the Travel Pass app works in four ways.

After that, travelers can check out the global registry of testing and vaccination centers so they can set up appointments before their departure.

And finally, travelers can manage their digital identity for contactless travel: creating a digital version of their passport on their phone, receiving and sharing Covid-19 testing or vaccination certificates, and managing other travel documentation, too.

"Governments decide the requirements to travel; airlines and passengers need to comply," says the IATA on its website, emphasizing that the airline body is not itself mandating that passengers must have a Covid-19 vaccine in order to travel.

The IATA Travel Pass will be free for passengers to download and use and the iOS and android launch is scheduled for the end of March.

The IATA Travel Pass isn't the only solution in development.

The IATA Travel Pass is being built using four open-sourced interoperable modules that be can be used together as a whole solution or in combination with solutions created by other providers.

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