JAL, ANA to test digital pass for COVID-19 status

Nov 30, 2020

JAL, ANA to test digital pass for COVID-19 status

Two major Japanese airlines will launch trials of a digital certificate for negative coronavirus test results to reduce the complexity of immigration procedures for international air travelers.
All Nippon Airways will start examining the usefulness of the smartphone app, "CommonPass", on its flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and New York as early as December. Japan Airlines is also considering a similar program.
The system can show the results for those who have taken PCR tests, as well as the names of testing facilities.
It includes passport numbers, users' current health status, itineraries and other pertinent information.
Users can quickly learn whether they meet entry requirements by holding their smartphones over data scanners.
Airlines around the world are considering introducing the CommonPass. US carrier United Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways are conducting trials.
Efforts to develop CommonPass are being supported by the World Economic Forum.
Challenges that must be overcome before a full-fledged launch of the app as a globally standardized format include cooperation among global quarantine officials and other authorities.
Source: NHK World