The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced they will recognise the IATA Travel Pass. Passengers inbound or outbound from Singapore will be able to take advantage of the system.
Kevin Shum, CAAS director general, said, “We have built upon our longstanding and deep partnership with IATA to develop solutions to facilitate travel. This latest collaboration with IATA demonstrates our shared commitment to drive the adoption of digital health certificates and restore international air travel.
The Travel Pass system, initially trialed in collaboration with Singapore Airlines, proved sufficient for the country. The data the app produces already falls in line with Singapore’s pre-departure testing requirements. Therefore, a smooth adoption of the system in Singapore is possible.
Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, added “Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore accept 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.”
The system allows passengers to prove their COVID-19 PCR Test results at Check-in, or Changi Airport’s immigration check points. Passengers will enjoy an easier transit through Changi airport as a result.
“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.” Walsh added.
20 Airlines are testing the IATA Travel Pass app, including Singapore Airlines. The CAAS do tell passengers to check their Airline’s status before attempting to use the app when traveling.
“As we look to safely rebuild the Changi air hub, we will continue to explore other solutions that can provide similarly secure and verifiable means of sharing health certificates for safe international travel.” Shum continued.
Future plans for the app include QR code scanning and digital vaccination certificates. QR codes allow data sharing between airlines, immigration staff and IATA seamless for pre-boarding and pre-arrival clearance.