IATA has teamed up with a European diagnostic services provider to use its global testing network as part of the association’s Travel Pass.
The new deal will make Unilabs one of the first major lab groups to be integrated into the app which is designed to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test for travellers.
Once the proof has been uploaded, the app then checks it against a global registry of national health requirements and showing whether a traveller can visit a country of their choice.
The two parties are currently running a pilot test of the programme in the UAE and hopes to roll it out to other countries once it is up and running.
IATA director general Willie Walsh said: “Covid-19 testing will play a role in re-starting international travel.
“Travellers will need to understand test requirements, locate labs, verify their identity to the lab and transfer their test results to relevant parties – airlines and governments – as needed.
“Our partnership with Unilabs will give travellers access to Unilabs’ extensive network and help them securely and efficiently manage their test results.”
Unilabs’ president and COO Michiel Boehmer said: “We are delighted that IATA has chosen us for this initiative.
“As international travel starts coming back, we are ready to do our bit – delivering the fast, effective, and reliable Covid-19 tests that will get people moving again.”