The association is urging the WHO to implement a global digital vaccine standard to help with the verification process
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and the NHS COVID platform can now be used in conjunction with its travel pass.
Travellers can use the app to access information regarding the latest regulations, create an electronic version of their passport and import their vaccination records.
“COVID-19 vaccination certificates are becoming a widespread requirement for international travel. Handling the European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travellers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for operations safety and security.
This information can then be shared with airlines and border control, with the assurance that the documents presented are legitimate.
IATA has said that it welcomes the EU Commission’s work in developing the DCC system and is now urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to create a global digital vaccine standard.
Careen added that the “absence of a global standard makes it much harder for airlines, border authorities and governments to recognise and verify a traveller’s digital vaccination certificate”.
“As more states roll out their vaccination programmes, many are urgently looking to implement technical solutions to provide vaccine certification for their citizens when they travel. In the absence of a WHO standard, IATA urges them to look closely at the EU DCC as a proven solution that meets WHO guidance and can help to reconnect the world.