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IATA slated to launch Covid-19 app to safely verify personal health credentials during travel

The International Air Transport Association is slated to launch an app that would allow passengers to seamlessly have their health credentials verified in a safe and privacy-protected manner either through a simple app click or via a QR code that would be scanned by airport authorities.

In a statement released by IATA, “to re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation, governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. This means having accurate information on passengers’ COVID-19 health status…giving governments the confidence to open borders.”

The app is set to be released on Apple iOS in the first quarter of 2021 and on Android in the second quarter, Alan Murray Hayden, IATA's head of airport passenger and security products, said during a virtual press conference. The app will be free to users; airlines will pay a small fee per passenger to IATA.

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