Airlines Prepare To Launch ‘Covid Passport’ In Bid To Revive International Travel

airlines prepare to launch covid passport in bid to revive international travel

Doing this – getting a Covid-19 vaccine – alone won’t make flying internationally any easier than it … [+] is today. But the global airline industry is almost ready to introduce a mobile phone app that could nudge nations into dropping or altering their travelers’ quarantine requirements and, in the process, rekindle their travel and tourism sectors. (Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images)

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Fed up with waiting for governments to come up with a way to enable people to cross international borders without enduring weeks-long Covid-19 quarantines, the airline industry’s global lobby group is preparing to launch a sort of “Covid Passport” that would allow their passengers to cross borders with ease.

The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, on Monday said it plans to introduce this month a mobile phone app that arriving travelers could use to prove that they’ve been vaccinated for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and tested negative for it. Conceivably the app, which IATA is calling The Travel Pass, also could become necessary for domestic flights should airlines begin requiring all their passengers to document their Covid-19 vaccination and testing status.

No governments as yet have said they will accept such digital documentation from travelers as a way for them to escape the quarantines currently required by many nations for arriving foreigners. Nor have any of the small number of nations that have shut their borders almost entirely to entry by foreigners said they would once again begin allowing passengers if they can prove they’ve been vaccinated.

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