The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched a self-registration portal to make it easier for COVID-19 testing labs to join the IATA Travel Pass Lab Network.

IATA’s Lab Network provides a list of eligible lab locations around the globe so that travellers can easily find a location for a COVID-19 test prior to travel. The newly launched portal provides a one-stop shop for labs to self-register to be included in the network.

Labs wishing to join the IATA Lab Network should confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria and register through the new Self Registration Portal. Before they are included in the IATA Travel Pass, IATA will validate the information and contact labs directly to finalise their registration. The IATA Lab Network is free for labs to join.

According to Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security, COVID-19 testing will be critical to international travel for the foreseeable future. One aim of the IATA Travel Pass is to make it easy for travellers to find eligible labs that meet the specific requirements of their journeys.

Already, IATA Travel Pass has an extensive network of labs which is rapidly expanding as more airlines use the IATA Travel Pass. The IATA Lab Network Self Registration Portal will make it easier for more labs to join so that we are ready to reliably meet the requirements of governments as more people return to the skies.

Once labs have joined the IATA Travel Pass Lab network, passengers will be able to use the lab for COVID-19 testing prior to travel, securely upload test results in IATA Travel Pass. This information is then checked against the IATA Timatic global registry of national health and entry requirements, to produce an OK to Travel status.

The IATA Travel Pass Lab Network is a key element of the IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app that helps travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests or vaccinations. IATA Travel Pass is more secure and efficient than current paper processes used to manage health requirements, crucial for the scalable restart of aviation. Over 70 airlines are either on trial or committed to testing IATA Travel Pass. Trials span 151 routes across all continents of the world.

Register for the IATA Lab Network here.

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