France trials digital COVID-19 travel certificate; Panama green lights IATA Travel Pass

France trials digital COVID-19 travel certificate; Panama green lights IATA Travel Pass

TORONTO — France has begun testing a digital coronavirus travel certificate.

Earlier this week French President Emmanuel Macron said he foresees at least some tourists returning to Paris this summer if they have gotten vaccinated or have proof of testing negative for the coronavirus as France moves to progressively lift infection-control restrictions.

“We are building a certificate to facilitate travel after these restrictions between the different European countries with testing and vaccination,” Macron said in an interview with the CBS News show ‘Face the Nation.’

France’s ‘TousAntiCovid’ app can now store negative COVID-19 test results. The new functionality is being trialled on select flights. 

Macron, summarizing the French approach, said “the plan is always to control the virus, to maximize the vaccination and to progressively lift the restrictions.’’

 

 

The EU is working towards developing a Digital Green Pass that aims to help reopen travel within the EU this summer. As announced last month, the aim is to provide: proof that a person has been vaccinated; results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vaccine yet; and info on COVID-19 recovery.

Meanwhile IATA has announced that Panama is the latest country to accept the IATA Travel Pass as a digital travel credential for passengers to store their COVID-19 test result, which is a current requirement for entry into the country.  

Panama is the first nation in the region to accept the new IATA application. Earlier this month Singapore also announced its acceptance of the IATA Travel Pass.

In parallel to the Panamanian government’s acceptance of the IATA Travel Pass, Copa Airlines will run a live trial of the tool in late May. Once concluded, the airline aims to make IATA Travel Pass available to its passengers as a one-stop shop for checking compliance with the travel rules and storing the applicable certificates, while providing governments with full assurance of passenger identity and the authenticity of the credentials being presented.

With file from The Associated Press