SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will receive visitors next month who use a mobile ticket containing digital certificates for tests and vaccines against COVID-19, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to take the initiative.
Singapore will accept a mobile travel ticket from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for pre-departure checks, where travelers can obtain permission to depart and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone app containing their data from accredited laboratories.
The pass was successfully tested by Singapore Airlines. More than 20 carriers, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines, are also testing the pass.
“The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the Government of Singapore a role model,” said IATA Director General Willie Walsh.
Singapore’s Asian Business Center, which had relatively few cases of coronavirus this year, has been a leader in the development and use of technology during the pandemic and wants to be one of the first countries to reopen for international events.
Airlines hope that more countries will approve digital pass passes for applications to resume travel faster and avoid complications and delays at airports where multiple document checks are required.
Currently, travelers from most countries must pass COVID-19 smear tests before departure within 72 hours of the flight to travel to Singapore, the results of which are presented at check-in at the airport and upon arrival.
(Report by Chen Lin; Editing by Martin Petty)