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IATA launches self-registration portal for Travel Pass lab network

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a self-registration gateway to enable joining the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network easier for COVID-19 testing labs.

The IATA Lab Network provides a list of suitable lab facilities throughout the world so that travelers can discover a COVID-19 test facility before they travel. The newly established portal allows labs to self-register for inclusion in the Network from a single location.

Labs interested in joining the IATA Lab Network should check their eligibility and register via the new Self Registration Portal. IATA will evaluate the information and contact labs directly to finalize their registration before include them in the IATA Travel Pass. Labs can join the IATA Lab Network for free.

“For the foreseeable future, COVID-19 testing will be important to a prolonged return to foreign travel. One of the goals of the IATA Travel Pass is to make it as simple as possible for travelers to locate eligible labs that fit their unique needs.

IATA Travel Pass already has a large network of labs, which is continually expanding as more airlines use the program. The IATA Lab Network Self Registration Portal will make it easy for new labs to join so that we can consistently meet government requirements as more people return to the skies,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of operations, safety, and security.

Passengers will be able to use the lab for COVID-19 testing prior to travel and securely upload test results in IATA Travel Pass after labs have joined the IATA Travel Pass Lab network. This data is then compared to the IATA Timatic global registry of country health and entry standards to determine whether or not you are “OK to Travel.”

The IATA Travel Pass Lab Network is a vital component of the IATA Travel Pass mobile app, which allows travelers to store and maintain their confirmed certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.

The IATA Travel Pass is more secure and efficient than the present paper-based systems for managing health criteria, which is critical for a scaled aviation restart. IATA Travel Pass is being trialed or committed to by over 70 airlines. Trials are held on 151 different routes on all seven continents.

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