New COVID-19 travel pass for iPhone will go live in the coming weeks

51070593411 F419ef402b O
51070593411 F419ef402b O (Image credit: IATA)

What you need to know

  • A new COVID-19 travel pass for iPhone is set to go live in the coming weeks.
  • The International Air Transport Association announced its IATA Travel Pass back in March.
  • It will let passengers carry with them proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, whilst also providing helpful information.

A new International Air Transport Association travel pass is set to go live on iPhone and Android in the coming weeks.

The IATA Travel Pass was announced back in March and is an effort by the International Air Transport Association to provide safe measures for air travel, including vaccine certification and information. From the body:

IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps travelers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It is more secure and efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements (the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, for example). This is important given the potentially enormous scale of testing or vaccine verifications that will need to be securely managed.'

The app will let authorized labs send test results and vaccine certifications to users securely, and will help users to find test centers at departure and arrival locations as required by whatever journey they happen to be on. It also tells people what kind of measures they can expect when traveling, for example, if they are required to be vaccinated or to present a negative COVID-19 test. It also lets users create a "digital passport" that can verify they have received either a negative test or a vaccination, which can then be used as a document whilst traveling.

The IATA is being trialed by some of the world's biggest airlines including Emirates, Etihad, Qantas, Singapore, British Airways, Virgin, and more.

The app is already available to download on the App Store, and Reuters reports that the head of IATA has today stated the project will go live in the coming weeks following testing. The new app will work on any iPhone including the iPhone 12, aslong as its running iOS 13.2 or later.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9