PH gov't eyes implementation of IATA Travel Pass — report

Aviation Updates Philippines – In a report from the Philippine News Agency citing the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippine government is already eyeing the implement IATA's Travel Pass initiative in preparation for the resumption of international air travel.

A Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner lands at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Seen in the backgound are various aircraft from international carriers in NAIA Terminal 1. Photo from Nek Aberia.

“This move is parallel with the steps undertaken by other countries that have successfully relaxed borders to visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” the tourism chief said in a PNA report.

"Albeit on its testing stage, the IATA Travel Pass, which offers safe and convenient travel, has so far been helpful to airlines that have adopted it for trial," she added.

The Travel Pass, which comes in a form of an app, is a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding COVID-19 passenger travel requirements, according to IATA.

The introduction of the digital travel pass will hopefully enable the safe reopening of the Philippines' stricken tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says the tourism secretary.

“Once the country’s adoption of the IATA Travel Pass is put into motion, the DOT hopes to safely reopen our tourist destinations to international visitors and revive the tourism industry as a whole. But this will be done only when the time is right.”

Several airlines globally have already pilot-tested and implemented the said project. Among those airlines which tested the Travel Pass are Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.

With reports from the Philippine News Agency