Singapore’s aviation regulator said that next month the country will accept visitors who use a mobile travel card containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, becoming one of the first countries to adopt this initiative.
According to the Indian TOI website, Singapore will accept the IATA mobile travel permit for pre-departure checks, as travelers can obtain a permit to travel to and enter Singapore by showing the smart phone application that contains their data from the approved laboratories.
The card has been successfully tested by Singapore Airlines and more than 20 airlines are also doing it. “The success of our joint efforts will make IATA’s partnership with the Singapore government a role model for others,” said Willie Walsh, Director General of the International Air Transport Association, in a statement.
Singapore, the Asian business hub, which has had relatively few cases of coronavirus this year, has been a pioneer in developing and using technology during the pandemic and wants to be among the first countries to reopen to host international events.
Airlines hope that more countries will approve digital permits on applications to allow for faster travel resumption and avoid complications and delays at airports where multiple checks are required on documents, and currently, travelers from most countries are required to take COVID-19 screening tests before departure within 72 hours of their flight to travel to Singapore, with results displayed at airport check-in and upon arrival.