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Singapore Airlines trials new app to verify COVID-19 test results, vaccination status
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 25 - 12 - 2020

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has started trials on a new digital health verification app certificate developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The app helps validate a passenger's COVID-19 test results and vaccination information.
Singapore Airline is the first major airline to introduce a digital certificate in a move aimed at facilitating the return of air travel hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The app, known as Travel Pass, is being used on flights operated by Singapore Airlines from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
Describing the move "a new normal for travel," the airline said that it could extend the program to other cities if the trials are successful.
Passengers traveling the selected routes will need to take their COVID-19 tests at designated clinics in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, where they can be issued either a digital or paper health certificate with a QR code, the airline explained in a press release. The documents will be checked by both airport check-in staff and Singapore's immigration authority.
The airline said that COVID-19 tests and vaccinations will be "an integral part" of air travel going forward and that the certificates were an ideal way to "validate a passenger's health credentials." The company hailed the new ID as a way to use digital technologies to create a "more seamless experience" for customers amid "the new normal."
Margaret Tan, an aviation security official from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), applauded the rollout and expressed hope that "other countries and airlines" would adopt a similar scheme in order to ensure passengers have "necessary health credentials to protect public health."
The IATA announced last month that it was working on Travel Pass in a bid to re-open international travel. Several airlines have already eyed the technology, including Qantas Airways, which said it plans to make proof of COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all international passengers traveling to and from Australia. The company's CEO, Alan Joyce, also speculated that digital health passports would become a requirement worldwide. — Agencies


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