IATA has launched a new partnership with bio-analytical testing firm Eurofins to incorporate the group’s worldwide Covid-19 testing network into the IATA Travel Pass.
The new initiative will see Eurofins’ 800 laboratories across 50 countries offer secure, verified test results to travellers using the app.
IATA said that the partnership is expected to begin across multiple regions in the coming weeks. A number of carriers have recently commenced IATA Travel Pass trials, including Iberia on Europe-Latin American routes, and Emirates on flights between Dubai and Barcelona / London.
Gilles Martin, Eurofins’ chairman of the board and CEO said that the group had already carried out over 15 million Covid-19 tests since the start of the pandemic, adding that “Fast, secure, high-quality testing is a critical element in the fight against the pandemic and enabling the return to normalized travel”.
Meanwhile Willie Walsh, IATA’s recently appointed director general, commented:
“Verified testing is the immediate solution to give governments the confidence to open their borders to travellers. IATA Travel Pass aims to make it as simple as possible for travellers to locate certified laboratories and securely receive the test results that governments require.
“Our partnership with Eurofins is another mark of quality for IATA Travel Pass which is being built to the highest data security and privacy standards. Adding the extensive Eurofins network to the initiative will help travellers more conveniently adjust their travel preparations to meet the Covid-19 requirements.”
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