The global trade organization of airlines, International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new portal that provides a one-stop-shop for labs to self-register making it easier to join IATA’s Travel Pass lab network.
The global aviation body said in a statement, now COVID-19 testing labs around the world can start registering themselves to become an eligible testing location for travelers using the IATA Travel Pass.
IATA’s Lab Network gives a list of eligible lab locations globally so that travelers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test before travel.
Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria and register through the new Self Registration Portal. Before they are included in the IATA Travel Pass, the Association will validate the information and contact labs directly to finalize their registration. The IATA Lab Network is free for labs to join.
“COVID-19 testing will be critical to a prolonged recovery to international travel for the foreseeable future. One aim of the IATA Travel Pass is to make it as easy as possible for travelers to find eligible labs that meet the specific requirements of their journeys. Already IATA Travel Pass has an extensive network of labs which is rapidly expanding as more airlines use the IATA Travel Pass. The IATA Lab Network Self Registration Portal will make it easier for more labs to join so that we are ready to reliably meet the requirements of governments as and more people return to the skies.”
After the labs join the IATA Travel Pass Lab network, passengers will be able to use the lab for COVID-19 testing prior to travel, securely upload test results in IATA Travel Pass. This information is then cross-checked against the IATA Timatic global registry of national health and entry requirements, to produce an “OK to Travel” status.
The Lab Network is a key element of the IATA Travel pass, a mobile app that helps travelers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccinations. IATA Travel Pass is more secure and efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements, crucial for the scalable restart of aviation.
Over 70 airlines are either trialing or committed to testing IATA Travel Pass. Trials span 151 routes across all continents of the world.