Singapore to allow IATA travel pass as health document starting May

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021   •   377

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.

First in Philippines: PAL joins global trial run of IATA Travel Pass app

Marje Pelayo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is joining the global trial run of the digital travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The IATA Travel Pass application aims to help international passengers digitally manage their health documents and coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) negative test results in compliance with health protocols and for a safer and more convenient travel experience.

PAL will conduct a trial run of the new on its flights from Manila to Los Angeles and Singapore on selected dates from May to June 2021, the airline firm said in a statement.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat earlier hinted at this possibility saying the Department wishes to adopt the measure which has been undertaken by other countries that already have relaxed their borders.

She added that the IATA travel pass offers a standard that will be helpful in the validation and authentication of each passenger’s COVID-19 travel requirements.

PH Defense receives 50K COVID-19 swab test kits from Singapore

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have received 50,000 units of COVID-19 swab test kits from the Singapore Ministry of Defense.

The donated test kits were turned over to the DND and the AFP on Thursday, April 15.

The DND said the test kits will be issued to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) and the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC).

The VMMC, which is mandated to provide quality medical care and treatment to veterans and their dependents, is under the purview of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).

The AFPMC, meanwhile, provides medical care to the military and civilian personnel of the AFP.

“Both PVAO and AFP are government bureaus under the DND,” the department said.

Singapore logs 16 new COVID-19 cases, some imported from the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Singapore on Thursday (April 15) reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH), all cases were imported infections.

The MOH confirmed that all the cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

Of the 16 cases, three were permanent residents who returned from India and the Philippines.

The other 10 are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Five of them are foreign domestic workers.

Meanwhile, the MOH reported that there were no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection on Thursday.

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