Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Singapore to begin to accept digital Covid-19 travel pass

Singapore will from May accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for Covid-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday.

It will thus become the first country to adopt the initiative.

Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile travel pass for pre-departure checks.

This will enable travellers get clearance to fly to Singapore by showing a smartphone application containing their data from accredited laboratories.

The pass has been successfully tested by Singapore Airlines.

More than 20 carriers, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines were also testing the pass.

“The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow,’’ IATA Director-General, Willie Walsh, said in a statement.