Live travel blog: vaccine travel pass will be ready ‘within weeks’

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PPeople vaccinated against Covid may soon be granted more freedom to travel, with a new “vaccination passport” application expected to be ready “within a few weeks”.

The digital pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), will allow border agencies to verify that air passengers have received their Covid jabs by approved authorities, and could potentially help the widespread resumption of international travel.

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“The key issue is that of trust,” said Vinoop Goel, regional director of airports and external relations at IATA.

“Passengers need to be sure that the tests they have taken are accurate and will allow them to enter the country. And then governments need to be assured that the tests that passengers claim to have are the ones that are accurate and meet their own conditions. “

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Several airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, are currently testing the pass, which will be available on Android and iOS platforms, and will be “modular” so that it can be adapted to meet requirements. entry of each country. .

IATA also confirmed earlier this month that it is in talks with the UK government on creating a prototype app to certify vaccinated travelers.

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“We are currently working with a number of airlines around the world and learning from these pilots. And the plan is to go into service in March,” Goel said.

“So basically we expect to have a fully functional working system over the next few weeks.”

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