PAL to conduct COVID-19 digital travel pass trial in May

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will be the first airline in the country to conduct a trial on the digital travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association.

The trial will be done during PAL flights from Manila to Los Angeles and Singapore on selected dates in May and June.

"We want to make it simple for our customers to travel safely. The IATA Travel Pass will help them verify that they comply with health rules and COVID test requirements, so they can board our flights with assurance and confidence," PAL President and COO Gilbert F. Santa Maria said in a statement.

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile application that validates and authenticates regulations of all countries on passenger health requirements for travel. The app allows passengers to create their own digital ID based on standards by the International Civil Aviation Organization. It will also enable passengers to upload their passport for digital biometrics.

The digital travel pass also enables partner and accredited COVID-19 testing centers to upload laboratory test results on the app. Passengers can then receive verified test results and a confirmation that they meet all health requirements for the destination.

It will also fast-track the airport check-in process, PAL added.

The app will be available in iOS and Android devices.

PAL is one of 27 participating airlines from 25 countries conducting trial runs for the digital travel pass.

The IATA consists of 290 airlines or 82% of the world's total commercial air traffic, including PAL and Cebu Pacific.