SINGAPORE, 9 April 2021: Passengers travelling to Singapore by air will be able to use the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass starting 1 May.
The agreement confirmed by Singapore’s Ministry of Transport will enable to passengers to share their pre-departure Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results with their airline during check-in, as well as on arrival at the immigration checkpoints at Changi Airport.
Collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA will offer passengers seamless and efficient travel through digital certificates of Covid-19 tests through a system that is recognised globally.
The IATA Travel Pass is a personal secure digital wallet solution that can be used by passengers to obtain and store their COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories.
Such solutions will help drive the adoption of digital health certificates and facilitate the secure verification of the health credentials of travellers.
“This is a positive step towards smooth air travel and safeguarding of public health,” the Ministry of Transport said in its statement.
Following the successful trials by Singapore Airlines, the Singapore health and border control authorities will accept the IATA Travel Pass as a valid form of presentation of Covid-19 pre-departure test results for entry into Singapore. The information presented on the IATA Travel Pass will be in a format that satisfies Singapore’s prevailing COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements for entry into Singapore.
CAAS and IATA will work on further enhancements to the IATA Travel Pass, including QR code scanning by immigration officers and back-end transmission of health credentials from the IATA Travel Pass to the airlines’ and immigration authorities’ systems for pre-boarding and pre-arrival clearance, as well as including digital vaccination certificates in the IATA Travel Pass.
CAAS director-general Kevin Shum said: “This latest collaboration with IATA demonstrates our shared commitment to drive the adoption of digital health certificates and restore international air travel. As we work to rebuild the Changi air hub safely, we will continue to explore other solutions that can provide similarly secure and verifiable means of sharing health certificates for safe international travel.”
IATA’s director-general Willie Walsh added: “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 success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow.”
The IATA Travel Pass app will be available for download in the second half of April. It is being trialled by more than 20 airlines, including Singapore Airlines. Travellers to Singapore intending to use the IATA Travel Pass should check with the airline they are travelling with for eligibility to use the IATA Travel Pass.