Qantas and Jetstar will both be working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the IATA Travel Pass, following trials of multiple digital solutions.
According to IATA.org, the IATA travel pass “is a mobile application under development allowing travelers to simply and securely store and manage certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.”
“The information through the IATA Travel Pass can be shared with border authorities requiring testing or proof of vaccination as a condition of international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“With this app, IATA also aims to provide governments with the confidence to reopen borders without imposing quarantines on incoming travelers.”
Stephanie Tully, Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer said: “we want to get our international flights back in the air and our people back to work, and a digital health pass will be a key part of that.”
“We want to get our international flights back in the air and our people back to work and a digital health pass will be a key part of that.”
“Many governments are already requiring proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test result for international travel. Even if it wasn’t a government requirement, Qantas has always been a leader in safety and we have a responsibility to our customers and crew.”
The app is in the final stages of development, meaning it will be ready for Qantas and Jetstar international flights when they resume.
It isn’t yet revealed what approaches other airlines may take, or what will be legally required, however, one can assume consumers will be hoping all airlines are operating under the same system to avoid confusion.