Holders of a European COVID-19 vaccination passport or a British NHS COVID card can travel freely amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) acknowledging both as verified vaccination proof for travel.
Certificates of COVID-19 vaccination have become a widespread requirement for international travel. Dealing with European and UK certifications through the IATA Travel Pass is an important step forward, providing convenience for travelers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines,” said Nick Crane, IATA Senior Vice President for Operations Safety and Security.
These travelers can now access important coronavirus-related travel information for their trip, upload it in one place and provide it digitally. Moreover, this information can be submitted to border control authorities, TheSchengen.com reports.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the active work of the European Union on the establishment of the EU DCC system across Europe, while urging the World Health Organization to build a global digital standard for the vaccine.
“As more countries launch their own vaccination programmes, many are urgently looking to implement technology solutions to provide vaccine certification to their citizens when they travel. In the absence of a WHO standard, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging them to look closely at the EU’s DCC as a A proven solution that meets WHO guidelines and can help reconnect with the world.”
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He also noted that the lack of a global standard makes it very difficult for airlines, border authorities and governments to identify and verify a traveler’s digital immunization document. Although the industry is working to provide solutions on certification recognition and verification of individual countries, it is a slow process that is delaying the resumption of international travel.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supported the EU’s DCC implementation and commended countries that have adapted the gateway and those that have removed entry bans for vaccinated passengers.
However, the association recently urged states to exempt vaccinated travelers from the testing requirements as this leads to higher costs. Instead, the association recommends travelers to respect travel procedures, as the number of rowdy passengers has increased as of 2019.
According to a study by the International Air Transport Association, about 83 percent of passengers support face covering requirements. In contrast, passengers believe that the mask requirements should end soon.
The association had earlier published a report revealing that 2020 was the worst year for air transport since passenger demand fell 60.2 percent, with only 1.8 billion passengers compared to 4.5 billion counted during pre-pandemic levels. Moreover, in 2020, the demand for international passengers decreased by 75.6 percent, while the demand for domestic air passengers decreased by 48.8 percent compared to the same period in 2019.