As the COVID-19 pandemic brings the world to a halt, many look to digital health credentials as a way to reopen society. Such credentials, including test results and vaccination records, enable organizations to mitigate risk, rebuild confidence, and invite consumers to travel, work, attend concerts, and visit loved ones once again.
For the airline industry, this is a mission-critical issue. Globally, passenger demand is down 70%, and airlines and governments alike are starting to mandate negative test results for travelers.
To address these concerns, we’ve partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to develop IATA Travel Pass. With Travel Pass, consumers can store digital health records (such as negative test results) and travel records (such as passports) directly on their phones, with the ability to effortlessly and privately share these records with agents and immigration authorities.
Here’s how it works:
For airlines, Travel Pass reduces the number of check-in agents needed and enables smart compliance across a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.
For the rest of us, it means we can travel safely and confidently once again.
[With Travel Pass,] My face becomes my passport and boarding pass. A passenger can walk from the curbside to the plane without having to physically exchange documents. This is what we’ve been working on with Evernym over the last several months.”
Travel Pass is set to launch in Spring 2021, with initial pilots with airBaltic, Air New Zealand, Air Serbia All Nippon Airways, Copa Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, Thai Vietjet, Virgin Atlantic, and the International Airlines Group (IAG).
While the current focus is on COVID-19 credentials, the use cases for this initiative go far beyond the current pandemic and digital passports. We’re already speaking with major airlines and travel groups about how verifiable credentials can be used for passenger identity and authentication, secure messaging, loyalty programs, and the sharing of verified flight information beyond the flight, for example with travel agents, hotels, and entertainment groups.
To learn more about Travel Pass and other health credential use cases, browse our resources below or get in touch with us.