Since 1 May 2021, passengers arriving by air have been able to use the IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results with their airline during check-in, as well as on-arrival at the immigration checkpoints at Changi Airport.
This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and IATA to facilitate seamless and efficient travel through digital certificates of COVID-19 tests.
The IATA Travel Pass is a personal secure digital wallet solution that can be used by passengers to obtain and store their COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories.
Following the successful trials by Singapore Airlines in March 2021 on flights between Singapore and London, the Singapore health and border control authorities have accepted the IATA Travel Pass as a valid form of presentation of COVID-19 pre-departure test results for entry into Singapore. The information presented on the IATA Travel Pass is in a format that satisfies Singapore’s prevailing COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements for entry into Singapore.
CAAS director-general Kevin Shum said, “This latest collaboration with IATA demonstrates our shared commitment to drive the adoption of digital health certificates and restore international air travel. As we work to safely rebuild the Changi air hub, we will continue to explore other solutions that can provide similarly secure and verifiable means of sharing health certificates for safe international travel.”
CAAS and IATA will be working on further enhancements to the IATA Travel Pass. This includes enabling QR code scanning by immigration officers and back-end transmission of health credentials from the IATA Travel Pass to the airlines’ and immigration authorities’ systems for pre-boarding and pre-arrival clearance, as well as including digital vaccination certificates in the IATA Travel Pass.
“Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore in IATA Travel Pass is hugely significant,” said IATA director general Willie Walsh. “The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow.”
Travellers to Singapore intending to use the IATA Travel Pass should check with the airline they are travelling with for eligibility to use the IATA Travel Pass.