IATA Introduces Travel Pass Vaccination App


If you’re vaccinated, there’s now a travel app for that. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed its Travel Pass app to allow users to store verified COVID-19 test results and vaccine certification on phones to smooth border procedures on international flights. The app is expected to be available for iPhones on April 15 and later on Android. It’s been beta tested on a Singapore-London flight and now Barbados has agreed to allow it as proof of vaccination for passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London on April 16. 

IATA says it hopes most countries and airlines will allow the phone documents to speed up check-ins and customs checks. “But the application will only achieve its success once airlines, different countries, airports adopt it,” IATA spokesman Kamil Alawadhi told Reuters. He said a “huge amount” of airlines will be on board once governments sign on. The app has a host of other functions, including digital storage of passports. It also has a database of local travel restrictions. The test and vaccine documents are received directly from labs through an encrypted channel and stored locally on the phone.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Not sure how this would work for international, but it is a dead issue in my home state. My home state legislature is working on legislation that would ban any use of a medical vaccination “passport” in the state. I believe there are others also. Some national politicians have said such “passports” for domestic travel is unconstitutional in the US.

    • It’s not a dead issue in your state, as your state government can change at the next election. Plus, you will have to deal with states like Hawaii that right now have enacted quarantines at a minimum.

  2. Anecdotally some of these vaccine passport attempts have been very buggy. There’s lot of people who have had vaccines and tests that don’t turn up in the passport system and can’t seem to get them registered.

  3. Just because it’s been shown to make us all safer, is no reason to require proof. Next think you know, they’ll want us to document that we’ve had some number of landings to prove our currency before we carry passengers!

    • Except it hasn’t been proven to make us all safer. What about the 1000+ people who have died from a “vaccine”? And there’s already variants of the virus that “the vaccine” is not effective against.


    • Bill,
      Don’t think that doesn’t have a chance of coming soon. No big secret or conspiracy theory. Almost everything they need is place. There have been studies with the FAA about how to integrate pilot currency and airframe currency into the registry and ATC system. Somewhat analogous to certain State DMV’s or DPS vehicle databases. In those states an automobile’s safety inspection, proof of insurance and emission test information is uploaded into the state’s computerized database annually by either a state inspection station (Texas) and/or the DMV / Tax Office registration renewal process. This information can even be integrated with the National Driver Registry database for interstate monitoring. Some State’s highway patrol cruisers have optical recognition that can automatically scan license plates in real time while they drive on patrol so if they pass a stolen car, stolen plate or even a car with expired registration or insurance they get a pop-up flag. This can work with cars moving or parked along a street. That’s why many states have laws prohibiting license plate frames and/or plastic plate overlays. This same optical recognition process will soon be augmented with wireless OBD ECU scans on newer automobiles, just like system that can allow law enforcement to shut down a car’s ignition remotely (thanks OJ Simpson). That’s one of the reason’s it’s illegal for a civilian to swap out ECUs and OnStar computers with used units from junk yards. It messes up the system. This segues into the “cash for clunkers” program which was designed in part to eliminate older non-scannable vehicles from the road. In fact, if you live within 30 miles of our international borders with Mexico and Canada there are OBD scanners in road signs that automatically scan traffic. This is only allowed along the border and not allowed within the interior of the USA an dates back to the Patriot Act. So if you live within this 30 mile corridor along the border (as I do) you don’t have the same constitutional rights and protections as the balance of the US. Photo of such “transponder scanning” signs available upon request. I know a contractor who puts them in.
      Back to ATC / Aircraft. In the aforementioned “theoretical” study the FAA has the IA or DOM input the latest annual inspection and/or 100 hour inspection data into a system that integrates with the FAA aircraft database. Like IAs and DOMs don’t already have enough to do. Pilot medical certification status is already in the system (whether a Class medical or Basic Med). Your AME (or you in the case of Basic Med) already puts this into the system. Then CFI’s or examiners could be required to input BFR or check flight information into the system. So in this same study of the future when an aircraft calls for an ATC clearance or files a flight plan ATC will already know if the aircraft is out of annual or the pilot has expired currency or medical.
      The ADS-B equipment mandate can fully facilitate this (as well as any user fee tracking if our laws change for the worse). Some states are already using ADS-B data for taxation, landing and airport fee purposes, whether legal, proper or accurate. So all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together to put the system in place to make this theoretical study a reality. Will it happen? I hope not and we need to be vigilant to not let it slip into place. It is an almost certainty to happen in many foreign countries as they already have these types of provisions integrated into their regulations. In my opinion we were asleep at the wheel when many of the requirements of the current ADS-B mandate regulations were issued without comment. Let’s not that happen again by keeping tabs on NPRMs in the federal registry. And don’t think it would be a leap of faith to mandate flight crew vaccination information be integrated with all this.
      So if we do allow this scenario to come to pass through the same lethargic negligence that allowed the more onerous parts of the ADS-B mandate to slip by unnoticed, one day you might hear the following conversation of your headset: “San Diego Clearance Delivery this is Cessna NXXXX with information Bravo requesting a VFR departure and flight following Tucson Ryan Field with information Bravo”.
      “Cessna NXXXX, Sand Diego Clearance Delivery, negative clearance. We show your aircraft registration number is out of current annual inspection, say intentions”
      “Clearance, Cessna NXXXX, we just picked up this aircraft from the maintenance facility and this is the first flight after annual to deliver the aircraft to the owner”.
      “Cessna NXXXX, Sand Diego Clearance. Copy that. Have your maintenance facility call the tower or input the inspection information in the (acronym) system and then try us again.”
      As if the FAA’s system will ever be proficient enough to get this done. Most of us can’t even get a new registration from the FAA registry within a couple of months. My private air strip identifier took almost 2 years to show up in the system and on the charts yet ATC still shows it 800 miles away from the previous airport that they had recycled the identifier from before issuing it to my strip.

  4. If various countries require vaccination proof via an IATA app to enter, it really doesn’t matter what your individual state government says about it. It’ll be just another entry requirement like a visa or yellow fever shot.

    • Yup, just like Agenda 21 and communism. When did I lose my right to privacy regarding my health?

  5. I have my fake passport ready to go. It’s actually easy to fake, cause it doesn’t have your face, not that you could id someone with a mask on anyway. I though border patrol in the image was funny – as if to say thousands of illegal immigrants have been vaccinated or have a passport – much less a vaccine passport.

      • Doug, it doesn’t matter… it’s nobody’s business what each person decides to do or not do regarding his or her health. Get the “vaccine” if you want to, but don’t force it upon others. And by the way, the yellow fever vaccine has been around for over 75 years now, and generally is only needed once in a lifetime. Faucci is now saying people may “need” the COVID “vaccine” yearly… kind of like a flu shot. #MyBodyMyChoice

  6. Jim,

    Thanks for the thoughtful, helpful, and well written reply. Interesting and upsetting information, although only a fraction of it was a surprise.

  7. It’s a fool’s game by do-gooders, paranoids, and pandering control freak politicians.

    There’s already fraud in vaccination certificates, and of course in real passports. (One was recently used to con a realtor into listing someone else’s house. A fraudulent health benefits card was also used in that scam.)

    There’s the confusion over effectiveness of first dose of vaccine, some medical people say you can still develop COVID-19 but it will be mild (which research into before-vaccination cases shows sheds little virus compared to strong cases).

    And the unfairness to people who are immune because they already had and survived the illness – many not recorded as they took care of themselves, and those immune from past experiences of some kind. Will an antibody test be required for the ‘vaccine passport’?

    Plus the high failure rate of government computerization – BC just had major problems with vaccination reservation despite a big supposedly experienced telco running it, as did Ontario. WA state was scammed into ineligible payouts for unemployment in the recent shoveling out of money to help people who lost jobs from government action, facilitated in part by rushing, and in part by identity theft. (At least one bank in the midwest flagged new accounts whose address and source of funds was halfway across the continent)

    • The health benefits card system in BC was supposed to be very secure, like a driver’s license.

      The rogue’s gallery of failed government computer projects includes Accenture, IBM, and HP. One of them even sued an official in OR for criticizing the performance of one of them – instead of fixing their own problems. And of course the customer is often at least partly to blame – poorly thought out requirements are a frequent error. Politicians are known for skewing decisions and projects for political reasons. (Yes, companies botch too – Target Stores’ expansion into Canada was a horror show of immature poorly thought out computerization that left shelves empty.)

      I judge politicians as pandering to supposed public demand, egged on by sensationalist media. (Is that a redundant term? 😉