SIA to pilot IATA Travel Pass this month

Passengers travellers from Singapore to London from March 15 to 28 will be part of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) pilot trials for the IATA Travel Pass mobile application for digital health verification.

This is the second phase of SIA’s digital health verification process trials, which is based on the IATA Travel Pass framework.

Passengers on Singapore Airlines’ flights between Singapore and London this month will get to participate in an IATA Travel Pass trial

Passengers with Apple iOS devices will be invited to download the app and create a digital ID with a photo and passport information. They have the option of also including their flight information.

They can then book a pre-departure Covid-19 test at any of seven participating clinics in Singapore via an online portal, and register at the clinic using the digital ID and flight information in the app.

Passengers participating in the trial will need to show their confirmed status in the app to the check-in staff in Changi Airport before flight departure. In line with current regulatory requirements, they will also need to bring a physical copy of their health certificate that is issued by the clinic where they took their Covid-19 test.

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, noted the airlines in a press statement.

The airline will work closely with its partners in Singapore and around the world in the facilitation of these trials, and towards the eventual restoration of a seamless travel experience for its customers.

JoAnn Tan, SIA acting senior vice president for marketing and planning, 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.

“This gives us confidence that in the second phase, we can further streamline the verification process for eventual integration into SIA’s mobile application. This will help to provide a hassle-free digital solution for our customers in the new normal, and bring about a more seamless travel experience.”

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