(17 Dec 2020)
IATA has unveiled key design elements of its Travel
Pass mobile app, which has been created to help travelers easily
and securely manage their travel in line with any government
requirements for COVID19 testing or vaccine information.

“Testing is the immediate solution to safely
re-open borders and re-connect people,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and
CEO. “And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case,
a secure system to manage COVID19 testing or vaccination
information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that
both travelers and governments can trust. And it is being built
with data security, convenience and verification as top

The IATA Travel Pass three
critical design elements:

British Airways Boeing 787-9 reg: G-ZBKF. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

1. The IATA Travel Pass stores encrypted data
including verified test or vaccination results on the mobile
device of the traveler. The traveler controls what information is
shared from their phone with airlines and authorities. No central
database or data repository is storing the information. By keeping
travelers 100% in control of their information, the highest
standards for data privacy are ensured. IATA Travel Pass is also
built on the highest standards of data protection laws, including
General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).

Technically, the app is being built in accordance with
Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) principles. The IATA Travel Pass is
scheduled for release early in the first quarter of 2021 for
Android and for iPhone. For iPhone it will use the “Secure
Enclave” features of Apple devices and a similar security
encryption technology for Android.

2. Global
standards recognized by governments to ensure verified identity
and test/vaccine information.

a. Verified identity: A
government issued ePassport is used to verify the identity of the
user. It also serves to create a digital representation of the
user’s passport to allow the information to be sent electronically
in a secured way that is linked to their verified identity. The
key to this are global standards developed by the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which match biometric passport
data and a selfie taken by the user. This creates a Type 1 digital
travel credential (a verified digital identify) in line with
ICAO standards.

b. Verified test results or vaccine
information: Currently the main vaccination requirement for entry
into some countries is for yellow fever. Under the International
Health Regulations, this is managed by the “yellow card” or
International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis. The
World Health Organization (WHO) is developing digital standards
that will make these vastly more secure and will dramatically
reduce fraud. When ready, the IATA Travel Pass will be able to
accommodate such new global standards.

Until a
COVID19 vaccine is widely available to the general public, the
priority is on COVID19 testing. Laboratories have
well-established safety standards for managing and verifying test
results to individuals. IATA is partnering with selected and
established laboratories to securely link their test results with
the verified identity of the IATA Travel Pass holder.

3. Convenience and biosafety will be enhanced with integration
into contactless travel processes. The ICAO CART recommendations
for biosafety include the use of contactless travel processes to
reduce the risk of virus transmission when documents need to be
exchanged in the travel process.

The industry has
been developing contactless travel processes as part of a One ID
transformation program for several years. The IATA Travel Pass
digital identity management module uses the well-developed
principles of One ID (which are, in turn, based on ICAO

For the passenger this means that the IATA Travel Pass
will also unlock the potential for convenient contactless travel
processes from check-in to boarding. As such, while the need for
COVID19 information verification may eventually disappear when we
overcome the pandemic, IATA Travel Pass, however, will remain as a
bold step forward in the implementation of contactless travel.

IATA research amid the COVID19 crisis (September
2020) shows that contactless processes will be popular with

– 70% of passengers had concerns about handing
over their passport, phone or boarding pass to airline agents, security staff or government officials at the airport;

– 85% of
travelers said that touchless processing throughout the airport
would make them feel safer, and

– Already 44% of travelers said
that they are willing to share personal data to enable touchless
process, up significantly from 30% in June.

IATA is developing the IATA Travel
Pass in four independent modules that can interact with each
other. These modules will cover registries for regulatory entry
requirements and labs/test centers, verified certificate issuance,
digital identity and the possibility for passengers to share their
tests results along their journey via their mobile device. Open
standards enable the modules to be used as one solution or to
complement capabilities being developed by other solutions

“We are building the IATA Travel Pass
with one aim—to help reconnect our world safely,” said Nick
Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.
“IATA has brought
advancements in global standards like e-ticketing and mobile
boarding passes to consumers in all parts of the world. This
unique capability demonstrates that we can work with industry and
governments to re-shape travel processes based on global
standards. We are confident that we can deliver a complete
solution with IATA Travel Pass. And we are building the IATA
Travel Pass so that other solutions serving the same industry
re-opening goal can also benefit from it. We want airlines to have
a competitive marketplace with the widest range of options that
meet their specific needs.”

IATA’s Timatic offering is a foundational element of the IATA
Travel Pass. For decades it has provided reliable entry
requirement information to airlines and travellers. Integrating Timatic into the IATA Travel Pass entry requirements registry
model brings with it an established process for the global
collection, verification, updating and distribution of this

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