Singapore Airlines will be the world’s first airline to pilot the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass mobile application for digital health verification.
The airline will begin using the Travel Pass starting with passengers travelling from Singapore to London from 15 to 28 March 2021.
Passengers with mobile phones running on Apple’s iOS operating system will be invited to download the IATA Travel Pass app, and create a digital ID comprising their profile photo and passport information. They can also insert their flight information into the app.
Then, they can book their pre-departure Covid-19 test at one of seven participating clinics in Singapore via a dedicated online portal and register at the clinic using the digital ID and flight information in the app.
They will be able to view their test results, as well as a confirmed status to fly, directly on the app.
Participants need to show their confirmed status in the app to the check-in staff in Changi Airport before flight departure.
If successful, the pilot will pave the way for the integration of the entire digital health verification process into the SingaporeAir mobile app from around mid-2021, again using IATA’s Travel Pass framework.
JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “The first phase of the trials helped to support SIA’s drive towards a secure and convenient industry standard for the verification of Covid-19 test results, and the health status of passengers including their vaccination status, in the future.
“That gives us the confidence that in the second phase, we can further streamline the verification process for eventual integration into SIA’s mobile application.”
Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo, and Security said: “Our partnership with Singapore Airlines for the first full deployment of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again. In the immediate term, it is the solution for travellers to safely and securely manage their travel health credentials.
“In the longer term, the digital identity elements of the IATA Travel Pass will place Singapore Airlines passengers at the front of the queue for an even more convenient contactless travel experience.”