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Airline Industry Considers 'Digital Passports' For COVID-19 Vaccine
The travel industry is considering plans to create a digital passport that would tell whether a passenger has been vaccinated for COVID-19.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently announced it’s in the final phase of developing a digital health pass that would include a passenger’s testing and vaccine information.
“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO, told The Hill.
The digital pass would also allow travelers to find verified testing centers and labs at their point of departure that meet their destination’s standards and requirements to avoid quarantine rules and travel restrictions.
IATA’s announcement comes just days after Qantas Airlines officials announced the airline would require passengers to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19 to board flights.
“We will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft… for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country we think that’s a necessity,” Alan Joyce, Qantas’ CEO, said.