IATA Travel Pass Approved for Passengers Arriving in Singapore from May

by Charlotte Barcham
© Singapore Airlines Media Centre

Passengers flying into Singapore will be able to use the Covid-19 travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) from 1 May. The scheme is part of an ongoing partnership between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA.

What is the travel pass?

Last month, Singapore Airlines became the first airline to pilot the travel app and now it will officially become a valid way of showing the health credentials of a passenger to enter the country amid the global pandemic.

Passengers flying to Singapore can use the travel pass from May © Rafael Wagner

Passengers flying to Singapore can use the app from May © Rafael Wagner

The IATA Travel Pass is a personal app that can be used by travellers to obtain and store their COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories.

Willie Walsh, Director General, IATA said: “Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore in IATA Travel Pass is hugely significant. Ongoing trials put us on track for IATA Travel Pass to be a critical tool for the industry’s restart by delivering verified travel health credentials to governments. And travellers can have complete confidence that their personal data is secure and under their own control.”

The Travel Pass app will be available for download in the second half of April. It is being trialled by more than 20 airlines.

Changi Airport steps up safety measures

Singapore have also ramped up safety precautions at its main airport, Changi. The airport launched a new online concierge service on Monday for people flying to the airport. The service allows passengers to book their on-arrival Covid-19 test and check that they have completed all pre-travel requirements.

Changi Airport © Changi Media Centre

Changi Airport has stepped up safety measures © Changi Media Centre

CAG’s Managing Director for Airport Operations Management, Jayson Goh, said: “As we prepare for the reopening of international borders, Changi Airport continues to innovate and leverage technology to ensure a safe and pleasant traveller experience for our passengers.”

Singapore is really pioneering the way for the future of safer air travel with these latest precautions. What do you think about the travel pass? Let us know below. 

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