IATA Planning To Launch Digital Travel Pass On Apple In Mid-April

By Dave Simpson
IATA Planning To Launch Digital Travel Pass On Apple In Mid-April

Global airline industry body international Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that its digital travel pass for COVID-19 test results and vaccine certificates will be launched on the Apple platform in mid-April.

The digital travel pass, which is currently in the testing phase, had been planned to be launched by the end of March.

IATA regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East Kamil Alawadhi said that it is expected to launch on the Apple platform around April 15, and later for the Android platform.

"But the application will only achieve its success once airlines, different countries, airports adopt it," Alawadhi said.

UK-based carrier Virgin Atlantic said that it will trial the IATA app on its London to Barbados route from April 16. Barbados has said that it will accept the pass at its border, one of the first countries to accept a digital pass instead of paper documentation.


Speed Up Check-Ins

IATA has said its travel pass will help speed up check-ins.

"A huge amount of airlines have requested to be on board," Alawadhi said.

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