© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread at Changi Airport in Singapore
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore will be accepting visitors next month who use a mobile passport with digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, the aviation authority said on Monday, making it one of the first countries to take the initiative.
Singapore accepts the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile passport for pre-departure checks, which allows travelers to fly and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone application with their details from accredited laboratories.
The pass has been successfully tested by Singapore Airlines (OTC :). More than 20 airlines, 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 Singapore government a model that others can follow,” said IATA Director General Willie Walsh in a statement.
The Asian business hub of Singapore, which has seen relatively few cases of coronavirus this year, was a leader in technology development and use during the pandemic and aims to be among the first to reopen for international events.
Airlines are hoping more countries will approve digital badges for apps so that travel can resume faster and avoid complications and delays at airports that require multiple document reviews.
Currently, travelers from most countries must perform COVID-19 swab tests within 72 hours of their flight prior to departure in order to travel to Singapore. The results are presented upon check-in at the airport and upon arrival.
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