SIA trialling digital verification of COVID-19 test results

December 30, 2020

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has started trials on a new digital health verification process, the first in the world to be based on the IATA Travel Pass framework. This will offer passengers the ability to securely store and present information related to COVID-19 tests.

This service was introduced from December 23 to passengers travelling on flights operated by SQ from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.  

Passengers taking COVID-19 tests at selected clinics in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur will be given either digital or paper health certificates with a QR code. Airport check-in staff and Singapore's immigration authority are able to verify the authenticity of these certificates via a secure mobile app, and ensure that the passengers meet Singapore's entry requirements. Passengers without a digital certificate can also present the paper version for manual verification.

Singapore Airlines plans to integrate the entire process into the SingaporeAir mobile app from around mid-2021, again using the Travel Pass framework. SQ says this will support the drive towards a secure and convenient industry standard for the verification of Covid-19 test and vaccinations. (ATI).