(06 Apr 2021) IATA has welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass.
From 1 May 2021, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use the IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID19 PCR test results upon check-in with their airline, as well as on-arrival at the immigration checkpoints at Changi Airport.
This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA to facilitate seamless and efficient travel through digital certificates of COVID19 tests.
“Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore accept IATA Travel Pass is hugely significant” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s new Director General. “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 travelers 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.”
Digital health certificates will be a key feature in air travel moving forward. Establishing trusted, secure solutions to verify the health credentials of travellers will be critical in facilitating smooth air travel and safeguarding public health.
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 COVID19 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 COVID19 pre-departure test requirements for entry into Singapore.
“We have built upon our long standing 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. 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,” said Kevin Shum, CAAS Director-General.
More than 20 airlines have announced trials of the IATA Travel Pass.
Travelers 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.
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