The Government of Panama and Copa Airlines joined forces to carry out the IATA Travel Pass test pilot, a mobile application that will allow passengers to check their travel itineraries against the COVID-19 health requirements of their destination and validate that they comply with them.
According to the airline, the initial testing phase is expected to begin in March on selected flights from Copa's Hub of the Americas in Panama City.
Using the IATA Travel Pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association, Copa Airlines passengers will be able to create a “digital passport” to easily and securely manage their trips in accordance with government requirements for COVID
-19 testing or information about the vaccine
Dan Gunn, Senior Vice President of Operations at Copa stated that an “international standard solution for digital health passports such as the IATA Travel Pass is the key to the safe restart of the travel and tourism industry, which is an important contributor to the economy of Panama and Latin America”.
This test, “the first in the Americas, which will provide input and feedback to improve the Travel Pass program,” said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airports, Passengers, Cargo and Security.
In addition to checking travel requirements, the application will also include a registry of tests and, eventually, vaccination centers, making it more convenient for passengers to find test centers and laboratories in their place of departure that comply with the testing standards and vaccination requirements of your destination.
The platform will also allow authorized laboratories and test centers to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers. The global registry, managed by IATA, will facilitate and enable the secure flow of necessary information between all stakeholders and provide a seamless experience for passengers.