The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the announcement by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it will require all travellers to the US to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test undertaken within three days prior to their departure to the US, effective 26 January.
“Systematic pre-departure testing is key to giving governments confidence to reopen markets without quarantine. Testing will ensure that at current infection levels, aviation will not become a meaningful vector of new transmissions in the US.”
In a statement IATA urged the US Government to make provision to accept test and immunity documents shared electronically via the IATA Travel Pass which being developed as a mobile app with both Android and Apple versions ready before end of Q1 this year.
The Travel Pass will enable travellers to receive and securely store encrypted data on their own mobile devices including verified test or vaccination results and to share this information with airlines and authorities. IATA urged the US Government to make provision to accept test and immunity documents shared electronically via the IATA Travel Pass.