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IATA to Incorporate Unilabs Global COVID19 Testing Network into Travel Pass

IATA has signed an agreement to incorporate Unilabs worldwide COVID19 testing network into its Travel Pass.

The deal makes Unilabs one of the first major lab groups to be integrated into IATAs Travel Pass app.

Proof of a negative COVID19 test is required by many governments as a condition of entry, and the app makes the process seamless, secure, and easy.

Crucially, the app also ensures that documents used for travel are genuine, and not counterfeit.

We are delighted that IATA has chosen us for this initiative, said Michiel Boehmer, Unilabs President and COO. As international travel starts coming back, we are ready to do our bit delivering the fast, effective, and reliable COVID19 tests that will get people moving again.

London Heathrow (LHR). Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

IATA Travel Pass provides information on entry requirements, directs travellers to trusted labs, and allows passengers to receive and manage digital certificates for COVID19 tests or vaccinations.

Unilabs will be able to securely upload test results in IATA Travel Pass, which are then checked against the IATA Timatic global registry of national health requirements, to produce an OK to Travel status.

Through the app, passengers can share their status and the digital test certificates with authorities, airports, and airlines.

Unilabs and IATA are currently running a pilot program in the UAE. Once the processes are successfully up and running, the initiative will be rolled out to other entities of the Unilabs network in many countries.

Alongside PCR tests, Unilabs also performs antigen and serology tests. Since the start of the COVID19 pandemic, the lab group has performed close to 10 million COVID19 tests across its network in 17 countries.

See also: IATA Travel Pass - Exclusive Video Interview with Vinoop Goel.

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Editor's note: As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won't be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you.

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