Atlanta-based Delta has said it plans to allow customers to upload documents verifying COVID-19 test results via the airline’s website, and to streamline its online booking process including compliance with COVID-19 travel requirements.
Airline and travel industry officials have raised concerns about a potential federal testing requirement for U.S. domestic travel. The industry group Airlines for America said it believes a domestic travel testing requirement is unwarranted because the risk of transmission on a plane is low, and that such a mandate would require a 42% increase in daily testing capacity nationwide.
International travel requirements vary by country and change frequently as governments respond to the fluctuations in coronavirus cases and variants.
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Other notable passport app options
IATA Travel Pass: The International Air Transport Association is partnering with Emirates and Etihad Airways to launch the app. The group said Copa Airlines and the government of Panama will conduct a trial of the technology, which allows passengers to verify that their test or vaccinations meet regulations required abroad. It can also help passengers to find international travel requirements information, test centers and labs while traveling, and allows authorized labs and test centers to send test results or vaccination certificates.
CommonPass: Developed by a nonprofit public trust, its network includes United, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and Airports Council International. It is aimed at letting travelers demonstrate their health status while protecting their data privacy. The CommonPass was tested on United flights last fall.
(The SITA software is designed to integrate with CommonPass and the IATA Travel Pass, as well as other travel pass systems.)