IATA announces partnership with Eurofins to incorporate Covid-19 testing network
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide Covid-19 testing network into the IATA Travel Pass.
As part of the partnership, the world's leader in bio-analytical testing, with 800 laboratories across 50 countries, put in place a dedicated Covid-19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of sampling stations that it would deploy around the world, making them available through the IATA Travel Pass.
Under the initiative, Eurofins laboratories would provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app with coronavirus testing already a requirement for most international travel.
Results would be checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce an 'OK to Travel' status.
Trials of IATA Travel Pass, incorporating the global Eurofins network, were expected to begin with airlines piloting IATA Travel Pass across multiple regions over the coming weeks, IATA said in a press release on Friday.
"Verified testing is the immediate solution to give governments the confidence to open their borders to travelers. IATA Travel Pass aims to make it as simple as possible for travelers to locate certified laboratories and securely receive the test results that governments require," said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
"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 travelers more conveniently adjust their travel preparations to meet the COVID-19 requirements."