EVA Air has begun trials of a Covid-19 digital test verification platform provided by Singapore-based company Affinidi.

The carrier will initially use the technology to verify PCR test results on flights from Singapore to Taipei, with the intention of extending the service to flights from Malaysia and Indonesia.

EVA said that “Affinidi’s digital credentials ecosystem solution shortens the check-in and verification process for passengers while protecting data privacy”.

It added that the technology “will enable airline ground staff to quickly and accurately determine the authenticity of PCR test results, including the name of the medical institution, date of the test and whether the passenger meets relevant policy requirements in their destination country”.

EVA also said that the Affinidi technology is able to “read and authenticate health credentials of varying standards and formats from over 14 global providers”.

The Affinidi platform is one of a number of digital systems being developed to help enable a return to travel in the coming weeks and months.

Last week Virgin Atlantic announced two “complimentary trials” of digital health pass solutions, using the IATA Travel Pass and Trust Assure platforms.

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Commenting on the news David Chen, executive vice president for EVA Air, said:

“EVA upholds rigorous standards for safeguarding the health and safety of everyone traveling onboard our airline. We are pleased to be partnering Affinidi and Singapore Changi Airport on this digital verification platform trial which will offer greater peace of mind for our passengers, while ensuring the privacy of their health credentials.

EVA is honored to be the only airline in Taiwan to be recognized as the ‘World’s Top Twenty COVID-19 Compliant Airlines’, and this pilot program underscores our continual efforts in enhancing measures to manage this pandemic.”