IATA to launch a Covid-19 travel pass in March

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By the end of March the global body of the airline industry (IATA) intends to introduce a travel pass related to Covid-19 vaccinated travelers, Reuters reported.

The pass will use the digital system for test results as well as information on local vaccinations in order to ensure safe international travel.

IATA confirmed that it was important that governments start issuing their citizens with digital vaccination certificates which can then feed into its travel pass.

While many countries have started rolling out vaccines to tackle the novel coronavirus, the emergence of more infectious variants in countries such as Britain, Brazil and South Africa has forced many governments to ban all but essential travel.

This summer is make-or-break for many airlines and holiday companies which are struggling to survive with close to a year of almost no revenue due to pandemic restrictions. Without it many will need extra funds after burning through cash reserves.

IATA warned that the outlook for airlines had weakened since its December forecasts, and due to tightening travel restrictions it now expected the sector to still be bleeding cash by the fourth quarter of this year.

IATA raised its forecast for total airline cash burn for 2021 to between $75 billion and $95 billion, up from the $48 billion it had forecast in December.

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