IATA and Eurofins partner to boost travel with testing

posted on 19th April 2021 by Eddie Saunders
IATA and Eurofins partner to boost travel with testing

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass.

Eurofins is a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries.

As part of the IATA Travel Pass initiative, Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app.

This result is checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce an “OK to Travel” status.

Through the app passengers can share their status and the digital test certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.

Trials of IATA Travel Pass incorporating the global Eurofins network are expected to begin with airlines piloting IATA Travel Pass across multiple regions in the coming weeks.

“Verified testing is the immediate solution to give governments the confidence to open their borders to travelers,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

“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. 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”.

“Fast, secure, high-quality testing is a critical element in the fight against the pandemic and enabling the return to normalised travel,” Gilles Martin, Eurofins’ Chairman of the Board and CEO.

“Eurofins is a market leader in testing and laboratory services and since the outbreak of Covid-19, Eurofins has established widespread PCR testing capabilities, as well as a wide range of testing solutions through its  SAFER@WORK programs;  and has carried out over 15 million tests in its own laboratories, while also supporting the development of a number of vaccines.

“We are delighted to be partnering with IATA and to support the IATA Travel Pass, to provide the testing gold standard to ensure people can travel with security and confidence”.