SINGAPORE — The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced in a statement that passengers arriving in the city-state will be permitted to use the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass as proof of a negative PCR test starting May 1, 2021.
The said IATA mobile travel pass can now be used for pre-departure checks.
Through the app, travelers can show through their smartphone their data from accredited laboratories of their health status to get clearance to fly to and enter Singapore.
“Such solutions will help drive adoption of digital health certificates and facilitate the secure verification of the health credentials of travelers. This is a positive step towards smooth air travel and safeguarding of public health,” CAAS said in a statement.
The move was decided after the successful test of using the IATA pass by Singapore Airlines.
“Having the confidence of an aviation leader like Singapore in IATA Travel Pass is hugely significant,” said IATA Director Willie Walsh.
“Travelers can have complete confidence that their personal data is secure and under their own control. The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow,” he added.
Other carriers including Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Malaysia Airlines, are also testing the IATA pass.
At present, air passengers from most countries are required to present at the airport upon check-in and arrival negative results of COVID-19 swab tests within 72 hours of their flights in order to travel to Singapore.