(12 Aug 2021) IATA is to incorporate Synlab’s extensive lab network into the IATA Travel Pass.
Synlab, one of Europe’s leading medical diagnostic service providers, has a network of more than 450 medical laboratories and over 1,600 sample collection points across 36 countries.
The IATA Travel Pass allows passengers to locate authorised laboratories at departure locations to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 as required by border and health authorities. After testing, Synlab will provide passengers with their certified test results directly through the IATA Travel Pass. The app checks the result against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce an “OK to Travel” status.
Mathieu Floreani, CEO of Synlab, said, “We are pleased to partner with IATA to make travelling as safe as possible. At a time when people around the world are resuming air travel and different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are spreading, testing remains crucial. Testing is a central pillar in monitoring and controlling the pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus. As the market leader in Europe for PCR testing, we have conducted 18 million PCR tests since the outbreak of the pandemic, underlining our strong expertise in this incredibly relevant field.”
The IATA Travel Pass plays a crucial role in helping to protect airport staff, airlines, their passengers and crew, as well as destinations, from the very real danger that the use of fake test / vaccine certificates can create. As the authorised laboratories send COVID19 test results directly to the passenger’s phone as a verifiable credential, the solution prevents potential forgery of the test results.
Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, said, “Verified COVID19 testing is critical to restore the freedom to travel for people who are not vaccinated. IATA Travel Pass aims to make it as simple as possible for travellers to locate certified labs and securely receive the test results that governments require for entry. Adding Synlab’s extensive lab network will help travellers more easily ensure that they meet their COVID19 travel requirements.”
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