Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Story Highlights

  • International Air Transport Association has developed a mobile application called IATA Travel Pass for passengers.
  • The Travel Pass is a “digital passport” that will enable airlines to track passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccination status before boarding planes.
  • North American airlines have not made a public comment on whether COVID-19 vaccination will be required on their airlines.

On Nov. 23, 2020, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the final development phase of creating a “digital passport” known as The IATA Travel Pass mobile application that will display SARS-CoV-2 test results and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as listing national entry rules and details of the nearest testing laboratories in different countries.1

IATA’s announcement came a few days after three COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca/Oxford University claimed high 90-95 percent vaccine efficacy rates.2

What is the IATA Travel Pass?

The IATA Travel Pass will manage and verify the flow of COVID-19 testing and vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travelers. IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said:

Today borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share, and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of IATA Travel Pass. We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation.3

According to IATA’s website, the mobile application will enable passengers to:

  • create a ‘digital passport’
  • receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their travel itinerary
  • share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.4

COVID-19 Vaccine Travel Pass Program to Launch in Early 2021

According to Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of airport, passenger, cargo and security, the airline industry seeks to recover economically from the pandemic, and executives believe that the COVID-19 digital passport would encourage people to travel again.5

While the vaccine delivery logistics are being worked on, Careen said, “In the immediate term, that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements.” He adds that, “And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program.”6

The first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the launch is scheduled for the first quarter in 2021.7

IATA Promoting Rapid Testing Technology

IATA has been advocating for the use of widespread systematic COVID-19 testing as a tool for replacing quarantines implemented by many countries. According to the head of policy analysis at IATA, James Wiltshire, “It’s really important governments don’t wait for vaccines and don’t take their foot off the pedal. We know there are governments thinking about doing testing regimes to replace quarantines and we do encourage them to do those plans.”8

Wiltshire said that IATA believes that governments should not wait for a vaccine to become available before re-opening their borders because it may take a considerable amount of time before the vaccine becomes available to the entire population.9

Quantas Airlines Plans to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Australian airline Qantas is making plans to require passengers to get a COVID-19 vaccine prior to traveling internationally. Other airlines could also implement similar policies.10

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in reference to the COVID-19 vaccine, “Whether you’ll need that domestically, we’ll have to see what happens with COVID-19 and the market, but certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.” He added, “I’m talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe and I think it’s going to be a common theme across the board.”11

Airlines for America, a trade group representing major North American airlines stated it is “committed to restoring service in a manner that prioritizes safety and wellbeing of our passengers and employees,” but did not comment on a potential vaccine requirement.12


References:

1 Ryan C, Patel T. Covid Passports Seen as Key to Resuming International Travel. Bloomberg Nov. 24, 2020.
2 Falconer R. Airlines push for “COVID-free passports” as vaccine race heats up. Axios Nov. 24, 2020.
3 IATA. IATA Travel Pass set to help international passengers. Airlines Nov. 23, 2020.
4 Ibid.
5 See Footnote 2.
6 Ibid.
7 See Footnote 3.
8 Dunn G. IATA urges governments not to wait for vaccine to open markets. Flight Global Nov. 23, 2020.
9 Ibid.
10 Brito C. Qantas CEO says airline will require passengers traveling internationally to get COVID-19 vaccine. CBS News Nov. 24, 2020.
11 Ibid.
12 Ibid.

45 Responses to "Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly"

  1. Fabiana   December 1, 2020 at 11:40 am

    What BS. Putting restrictions on our civil liberties and freedoms. Wearing a mask and cover testing are enough, that’s where I draw the line.

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    • Stephen Monks   December 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      I agree
      , have a test a few days before flying and wear a mask but forcing people to have a vaccine , I draw the line

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  2. Fabiana   December 1, 2020 at 11:41 am

    “Covid-19” testing was what I meant up top.

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  3. Nathalie   December 1, 2020 at 11:51 am

    why not require a tattoo as well … this is a complete infringement on privacy and liberty. I truly hope this does not ever come to pass. In the meantime, guess who will never fly on Qantas!

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  4. Gigi   December 1, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I think Covid testing is permissible as there is no injection into the body… But mandatory Covid vaccinations to fly is a violation of one’s constitutional rights and freedom to choose how to take care of oneself. Medical fascism.
    Is there a way around this??

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  5. Larry wallace   December 1, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    No worries, airplane are not the only form of transportation! Thank you Communist airlines for the warning. I will never bow to your demonic Communist dictates!

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  6. janet Sellers   December 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    This is such an egregious violation of our individual rights to informed consent and medical freedom. If airlines want people to fly more, stop implementing illegal restrictions based on Covid plandemic.

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  7. Nancy   December 1, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    more government control, WE are losing our liberties one by one. Where is the street protests, we need this to happen or we will be living in a china like state sooner than people realize. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

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  8. Colorado   December 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    We will not comply. We will not take the vaccines. We are not interested in being tested.

    We do not fly because of the TSA and excessive security already in place at airports.

    Fear of germs is not why we stay away from airports. Fear of tyrants is a valid reason though.

    I would rather crawl through the desert or paddle across the ocean on a dingy than worry about covid. Take your fake ass vaccines and testing and shove them.

    I’ll be over here, drinking my victory gin, smoking my victory cigarette, continuing to figure out who this Emmanuel Goldstein-Covid character really is.

    Government idiots have apparently invaded the airports. I’ve got your travel pass right here.

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    • Alan   December 2, 2020 at 5:54 am

      Well said!

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    • Sara Reilly   January 12, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly, Colorado!

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  9. Mark R   December 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    What a load of rubbish. This will be the total downfall of the airline industry. They have their heads up the arse if they really believe more people will travel via airlines when one must “prove” they are either free of the fake COVID-19 or have been vaccinated. Looks like e great opportunity for a Black Market of forged “passports” and such – just like in all those futuristic movies.

    That aside, this is also how Marxists will take over by requiring “Travel papers please” also like in the movies. And you know who will be the first to get a vaccine – yep all the fools wearing masks today. A totalitarian government is right around the corner and we have the media, the AMA and other doc associations and Bill Gates, Weasel Fauci et al to thank. Oh and don’t forget to call your elected official and thank them too. Both democRATS and the weak, pathetic cowardly GOP are all in bed together on this one.

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  10. Tammy   December 1, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Well, I guess I won’t be flying to Australia. Even though that country was a place on my bucket list to visit before I die. I will not be forced to take a vaccine that is not even proven to work or be effective long-term, let alone who KNOWS WHAT THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE!!!

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  11. M Hohn   December 1, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    I am 86 years young and have never had a Vaccination!!! I take care of my health wiht good
    food, vitamins, exercise. I will NEVER fly again if I have to have a vaccination!!!!
    Goodbye Airlines!!!!!!!!!!!

    So sad. Please get educated about this. LET FREEDOM RING!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Jess   December 1, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Is there anything we can do to contest or stop this madness? This is absolutely ridiculous. I guess the “conspiracy theories”, weren’t conspiracy after all.

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  13. LA426   December 1, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    BOYCOT – the stores, the airlines, whatever is trying to force – just drop them – NOW! Including all the garbage food brands that are overpriced and loaded with GMO’s. Don’t patronize BIG BRO BIZ!!! Once their money stops – THEY will be the ones who need to WAKE UP!

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  14. Don   December 1, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    No thanks to the vaccination and now to flying too. Good luck to the airlines who will mandate vaccinations…go give it to your mother.

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  15. matt   December 1, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    the fact that Gates and Soros think that they can buy our politicians and heads government may be true. They can lobby heads of government on behalf of big pharma which will make trillions of dollars selling this poison vaccine to all the stupid woke and globally controlled cuck nations. But what they can’t do, is force us to take it, you try to come near me or my kids with that rna laced garbage and its game on. F… the airlines, I hope they all go bankrupt.

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  16. Sprkl   December 1, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    This is ILLEGAL!!!! Airlines can’t force people to get any medical intervention that is against their beliefs and could actually kill them!! People better take legal action against this Communism!!! We have a Constitutional right NOT TO GET VACCINATED!! Especially for a stupid virus that has a 99.7% recovery rate!!!

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  17. LA12   December 1, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Definitely not getting on a plane ever again! Was planning on traveling to a different state to change my daughter’s name but getting vaccinated is where I draw the line. We’ll stay put and not give in person business to those who require masks. Not worth the time and we have enough medical issues no need for more. All pharma is worried about is money … never about people.

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  18. Colvin Brannaka   December 1, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Next it will be all public transport, buses, subway, trains and endorsed by the govt to force the vaccine onto the citizens and more money for big PHARMA. It won’t stop there either until the govt has control over the people.

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  19. Confirmation Number: IVZYF8   December 2, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Wow…..the Nazis would be proud!!!!!!!! It’s Siyonara to us all if we have to be injected with the swill in the COVID vaccine. To think that so many have fled from Communist regimes to the US…never knowing what was coming here. How Ironic….how tragic. GOD SAVE AMERICA

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  20. Natalie Cardona   December 2, 2020 at 1:04 am

    My family absolutely does not condone nor consent to vaccination in response to this plandemic. We don’t want it and we won’t take it. We certainly will not fly on, and will overtly boycott,any airline attempting to violate our rights in this unimaginable way. We will stand and fight boldly for our human rights, which include body autonomy. Allowing the pharma companies big evil to run and ruin our countries this way is ludicrous. By the way, the CDC own many vaccine patents and should not be allowed to direct anything in our free country as they are corrupt liars only in it for corporate profit. This has nothing to do with public health and everything to do with an attempt for global control. We do not condone and we will not consent and we must unify to make sure this is loud and clear.

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  21. Natalie Cardona   December 2, 2020 at 1:22 am

    My family absolutely does not condone, nor consent to vaccination in response to this plandemic. We don’t want it and we won’t take it. We certainly will not fly on, and will overtly boycott,any airline attempting to violate our rights in this unimaginable way. We will stand and fight boldly for our human rights, which include body autonomy. Allowing the pharma companies big evil to run and ruin our countries this way is ludicrous. By the way, the CDC own many vaccine patents and should not be allowed to direct anything in our free country as they are corrupt liars only in it for corporate profit. This has nothing to do with public health and everything to do with an attempt for global control. We do not condone and we will not consent and we must unify to make sure this is loud and clear!!

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  22. Natalie Cardona   December 2, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Also, we need to bombard all Quantas social media sites and additionally, each name listed in this report.

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  23. bonnie   December 2, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Guess I won’t be flying anytime soon. no thanks. And no to forced vaccinations.

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  24. Ginny   December 2, 2020 at 2:31 am

    If this comes to the USA I’ll buy a motorhome & never hit the airlines again.

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  25. Dixie Caris   December 2, 2020 at 5:12 am

    I won’t fly with any airlines that requires a vaccination as I refuse to have one. Hopefully the Amtrak won’t require a vaccination but if so, I’ll drive my car. From reading the comments, I think the airlines need to see how many people won’t fly if they require a vaccination.

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  26. Floyd Buchanan   December 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

    IF WE DON’T STOP THE GLOBALISTS, THEY WILL TAKE ALL OUR FREEDOMS AWAY. HERE THEY GO AGAIN WITH THEIR ROCKEFELLER LOCKSTEP PLAYBOOK of PROBLEM, REACTION, SOLUTION. WRITE, CALL, BOYCOTT IATA…WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO LET THEM KNOW WE WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR BS FOR AN ILLNESS WITH A 99% SURVIVAL RATE!! DAMN CROOKS!!

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  27. Stop the insanity   December 2, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I guess it is road travel for me. There is no way I will give up my freedom, but they are limiting our freedom mandating a vaccine. Complete communism!

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    • Sue Noel   December 5, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      I agree about not getting a vaccination, but to call forcing people to take it “communism” is just silly. Communism is an economic system like capitalism or socialism. I think you want to say tyranny.

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  28. tamra smilanich   December 2, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I stopped flying years ago when the airlines wanted to treat us like cattle with their security check lines and “security box” screenings. Fascist sellout airlines!

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  29. Scottispissed   December 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    More big brother coming your way. And with Dementia Joe as our potential President, we can look forward to more government insanity. All in the name of a virus that can kill less than 1% of the population. The damn vaccine will be much more dangerous than Covid. Glad I am in my 60’s. The world and the USA are going to hell. Oh well, I had a good run.

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  30. Penny   December 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Heaven help us!! This is all so terribly wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

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  31. JennyM   December 4, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    This is like that movie, “The Running Man”, where the character (Arnie) wanted to escape, and the woman whose apartment he broke into laughed derisively at him and said, “You don’t have a travel pass!” They also showed people walking through ‘security’ and it was x-raying everyone. People used to think x-rays were safe too! And ditto radium, until the ladies that were using it to paint glow-in-the-dark numbers on alarm clocks got all that cancer.

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  32. RC   December 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Rubbish, pure rubbish. I’m so weary of this foolishness. I refuse to comply.

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  33. ROSEANNE COSTELLO-RAZZANO   December 5, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    We all saw this coming. We didn’t believe they would do this, but they did. They created enough fear, caused job loss and hunger. This is “The Great Reset” as foreign leaders call it. The elitists made their plan and executed it precisely. They even tried to brainwash us with the cozy term “We are in this together” so that we could feel comforted as we are lead like sheep to slaughter. RISE UP! DON’T ACCEPT THIS! NEVER BE COMPLACENT! GOD SET US FREE! WE ARE FREE!!!

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  34. Susan Noel   December 5, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Not communism (an economic system like capitalism or socialism) but tyranny. Government by force.

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  35. SweetLadyMary   December 8, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    This is beyond ludicrous since it targets the COVID virus without taking into consideration that there are many more viruses and communicable diseases. There have been instances of people with TB on planes that infect others, what about colds and the flu, measles, chicken pox, etc. Are the airlines going to request a doctors slip that indicate that you have none of these illnesses? People know the risks and if they choose to fly and take the risk, then the airlines should get out of the “mother mandate” business. They might want to start advocating for the governors to open up and let business do what it does best.

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  36. Danian   December 14, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Seems reasonable to me. I don’t want un-vaccinated infected people on my flight!

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  37. SamM   December 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I don’t agree with forced vaccination, especially an unproven vaccination like this, but I don’t have a problem with wearing a mask and there are some seriously demented and ignorant comments on this thread. And no, its not “communism” for an airline to require this; everything you do not like is not “communism”.

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  38. Mike   December 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I fly free of charge since I retired from one of the major airlines and if they implement this program I’m thru flying. Unlike my liberal friends, I don’t believe everything I’m told by the so called experts but can think and decide for myself. It’s similar to the flu shot. Some years I get the shot and some I don’t but at least I have the choice.

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  39. Bob Adams   December 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    If vaccines are so safe, why do the drug companies need protection from liability in the case of injury? I will not fly on any airline that requires a vaccination or even a test for COVID-19. If you test positive before the flight back home, what happens? Are you stuck?
    If you get the shot to be able to fly, will that airline company be responsible if you suffer an injury from the vaccine?
    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has not been proven to provide sterilizing immunity. It’s likely airlines will also require a negative test.
    By the way, The Corman-Drosten Review Report concludes that the PCR test is “useless” .
    Source: https://cormandrostenreview.com/report/
    Search on the word “useless” for some highlights.

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  40. george   December 25, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t fly. Don’t need TSA people molesting me. This airline industry shooting themselves in the head is not my problem.

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  41. BARBARA JULES   January 4, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    It was a plan all along, and they called us crazy…

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