China Southern signs travel pass agreement with IATA

China Southern Airlines said on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on a travel pass, making it the first airline in the Chinese mainland to participate in the IATA Travel Pass scheme.

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps travelers store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.

It provides governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests or vaccinations and the identity of those presenting their certificates. And it also provides airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel.

The travel pass uses high-level data privacy protection and security technology that meets global standards. Passengers can autonomously control personal data while protecting their privacy.

Not only can passengers easily and safely manage travel health certificates on the app, the government can also rely on the virus detection or vaccination status declared by passengers to prevent the phenomenon of fraudulent nucleic acid test certificates.

IATA launched the travel pass in November 2020. Currently, more than 70 airlines around the world are trying or promising to test IATA travel passes, including Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, British IAG Airlines Group, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas and Air New Zealand.

Source: Global Times

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