Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to become the first airline in the Lufthansa Group to trial the new Travel Pass app that is currently in development by IATA, the airline industry’s umbrella organization. The trials will be conducted on SWISS’s Zurich-London Heathrow route from the end of April onwards.
The new IATA Travel Pass app enables travelers to check on the latest coronavirus-related entry provisions for their country of destination. It also allows them to have their COVID-19 test results sent directly to the app. This enables the traveler to demonstrate to airlines and authorities that they meet the relevant entry requirements, without having to divulge further information about their personal health. The new app should also bring greater speed and efficiency to the corresponding airport procedures.
The new IATA Travel Pass app meets the strictest data protection requirements. All the user’s health details remain on the app and at no point are they transmitted or centrally stored, which assures the user of total control over all their personal data. The IATA Travel Pass has already been accepted as an official health document for entry purposes by the Singapore authorities.
Standardized Parameters Essential
“We support all endeavors to make travel simple and reliable again during the coronavirus pandemic,” said SWISS CEO Dieter Vranckx. “Digital health documents, like the IATA Travel Pass, are making an invaluable contribution to reconciling the demand for mobility with the need for health protection, to make it easier for our customers to plan their journeys with confidence and to restore the trust in travel as a whole. We still consider it essential that consistent, unified and mobility-promoting parameters are established and maintained, along with internationally recognized and standardized processes to deliver digital test and vaccination certifications. This is the only way to ensure that Switzerland can retain the international links that are so vital to the country in economic terms.”
Alongside these options, further trials are being conducted – since mid-March on its Newark (USA)-Zurich route and since the beginning of April on flights from Zurich to Spain and Portugal – under which SWISS travelers can upload their COVID test results to the SWISS.com website up to 12 hours before starting their trip. This data will then be verified so that the traveler knows before departure whether they meet the official entry requirements of the country they are flying to. The current trials here should be extended to further SWISS routes, too.
The use of the IATA Travel Pass app and these digital document checks is optional. SWISS travelers are informed of all such options that are available to them in good time in advance of their planned travel.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s largest airline. Operating one of Europe’s youngest and most fuel-efficient aircraft fleets, SWISS provides direct flights from Zurich and Geneva that keep Switzerland connected with Europe and the world.