(20 Aug 2021)
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and UK NHS
COVID Pass can now be uploaded into the IATA Travel Pass as
verified proof of vaccination for travel.
Travelers holding an EU
DCC or UK NHS COVID Pass can now access COVID19-related travel
information for their journey, create an electronic version of
their passport and import their vaccination certificate in one
“COVID19 vaccination certificates are becoming a
widespread requirement for international travel” said Nick Careen,
IATA’s Senior Vice President for Operations Safety and Security. “Handling the
European and UK certificates through IATA Travel Pass is an
important step forward, providing convenience for travelers,
authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines.”
Harmonization of digital vaccine standards is
essential to support the safe and scalable restart of aviation,
avoid unnecessary airport queues and ensure a smooth passenger
Building on the EU DCC success, IATA has called on the
World Health Organization (WHO) to revisit its work to develop a
global digital vaccine standard.
“The absence of a global standard makes it much
harder for airlines, border authorities and governments to
recognize and verify a traveler’s digital vaccination certificate.
The industry is working around this by developing solutions that
can recognize and verify certificates from individual countries.
But this is a slow process that is hampering the restart of
international travel,” said Careen. “As more states roll out their
vaccination programs, 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.”
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