Air transport IT provider SITA is making its Digital Travel Declaration solution freely available to governments.

The Digital Travel Declaration tool has been operational since October 2020 and allows passengers to share required travel and health documentation with governments ahead of travel.

The company will now provide the entry level configuration of the tool to government agencies globally for a period of 12 months in order to help them safely reopen their borders and “address the mounting challenge around health documentation”.

The company stated that “inefficiencies and a lack of common standards around managing health documentation remain the single biggest obstacle to rebuilding the travel and tourism industry and supporting economic growth”.

SITA says that the tool can also be used to streamline other travel requirements, such as “future pandemics, local health concerns, or more traditional security and immigration travel authorisations”.

David Lavorel, CEO of SITA at Airports and Borders, said:

“In many cases, today’s onerous health requirements are discouraging travelers from flying or leading to long lines at airports. As an industry-owned organization working at the crossroads of airlines, airports, and governments, we are able to connect the dots and streamline processes around health documentation. Making Digital Travel Declaration freely available to governments will be an investment in the recovery of our industry, and we hope will go some way towards addressing the challenges we all face today.”