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‘Digital passport’: IndiGo to launch pilot for IATA travel pass from August 20

NEW DELHI: IndiGo has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to launch a pilot for IATA travel pass to help passengers securely manage their international travel in line with government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information.
The airline says it will be the first Indian airline to do a pilot for the IATA travel pass in a bid to chart recovery for international travel.
IATA travel pass is a mobile app that helps travellers securely store and manage their verified certifications for Covid-19 tests or vaccines.
“The pass will enable IndiGo passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to verify their pre-travel test or vaccination status to meet the SOPs of the destination. The passengers will be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities as well as airlines to facilitate travel. The app will also enable passengers to manage and save all their travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience,” IndiGo said in a statement.
The platform will also enable authorised labs and test centres to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers.
The global registry, operated by IATA, will manage, and allow the secure flow of necessary information amongst all stakeholders and to provide a seamless passenger experience.
IndiGo CEO Ronjoy Dutta said: “We are proud to partner with IATA to become the country’s first airline to take this step towards enabling customers with a travel pass mobile app. This initiative is a significant step to prepare for a new normal, especially with regards to international travel. Today, most countries have implemented protocols for travellers across the globe and this IATA Travel Pass will simplify and digitise the requisite passenger information for respective countries. We are certain that our collaboration with IATA on this innovation will prove to be a stepping-stone towards international air travel recovery, while providing a hassle-free experience to our customers”.
The airline says the travel pass is more secure and efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements.

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