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Corona-Pass: IATA is developing an app to make your entry easier

Formerly head of Air France and KLM, today head of the largest airline association IATA: Alexandre de Juniac.
Formerly head of Air France and KLM, today head of the largest airline association IATA: Alexandre de Juniac.

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In order to make flying safer during the pandemic, IATA boss Alexandre de Juniac wants you to load an app onto your smartphone, the “Travel Pass”. The app developed by IATA itself is a kind of health pass for passengers.

The passenger’s identity card is stored digitally in the app. During the corona test, the guest shows the app. The test result will be sent to the app later. This checks whether the result and type of test correspond to the entry requirements of the country of travel. The app also records when you have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The "Travel Pass" is still being tested by IATA - the app will be available from next spring.

The “Travel Pass” is still being tested by IATA – the app will be available from next spring.

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Before the trip, the app shows the guest based on the data whether entry into the destination country is possible or not. “OK to travel“That’s what the IATA experts call it.

Alexandre de Juniac promises to bring the corona-related challenges of air traffic under one roof with the “Travel Pass”: “Tests are the first step to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second step is the global information infrastructure that is required to securely manage, exchange and verify test data that is matched with the identities of the travelers in compliance with border control regulations. ”

De Juniac also emphasizes that the data remain on the passenger’s device and can be deleted at any time if they so wish. Only the guest himself decides whether the “OK to travel” status is transmitted to the authorities and airlines or not.

First comes the “Travel Pass” for iPhones, and later for Android users

The app for iPhones is to appear in spring 2021, and for smartphones with Android operating systems in summer. Bad luck if you don’t own a smartphone. IATA has not yet provided a solution for this. Then you have to look for all the entry requirements yourself in the old-fashioned way …

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