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Thu, 25 March 2021

Air France Trials ICC AOKpass on CDG - SFO and LAX Flights

Air France and Groupe ADP are currently testing the ICC AOKpass solution, developed by MedAire/International SOS, for digitising COVID19 test results.

The four-week trial, which commenced last week, will focus on outbound and return Air France flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Customers testing the app will benefit from dedicated airport channels, with priority access at boarding and passport control on arrival in Paris.

Available on smartphones, the ICC AOKpass mobile app allows customers to securely record the results of COVID19 tests carried out in a partner laboratory.

Air France Boeing 777-300 reg: F-GZNA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

This programme is in addition to the one launched by Air France on 11 March 2021, on flights departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Pointe--Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Fort-de-France (Martinique) in the French Caribbean.

Alain Bernard, Chief Operating Officer - Air France, said, Since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, we have been calling for a worldwide health-related standard. This new experimental programme is an example of what could become the standard for travel document verification in the future, and we are pleased to implement it with Air France partners. Collaboration between governments, airlines and airport authorities is essential to find solutions combining health safety with a smooth travel experience.

The ICC AOKpass trial is free of charge for customers and is carried out solely on a voluntary basis in the following stages:

- The customer downloads the ICC AOKpass mobile app available on App Store, Google Play Store or Huawei App Store, and takes the required PCR or LAMP test (according to the regulations in force for the destination concerned) in one of the partner laboratories. Once the test has been taken, the laboratory provides the customer with the results with a PDF document and a QR code, which can be securely downloaded into the ICC AOKpass app.

- At the airport, on the day of departure, specific signage directs the customer to a dedicated lane during boarding. When travel documents are checked, customers show the QR code displayed on their smartphone as proof of their COCIV19 negative status instead of a paper certificate. The ICC AOKpass then confirms that the test presented is valid and complies with the regulations of the country of destination via a network secured by blockchain technology.

- On arrival in Paris, customers will see the same specific signage and benefit from priority access when going through passport control, where they once again present the QR code on the AOKpass app.

The "ICC AOKpass" solution complies with all applicable GDPR standards and customers taking part in the test can access or delete their data at any time.

Sbastien Bedu, Airport Services Product Manager MedAire, an International SOS company added: The launch of this second large-scale test programme between Paris and the airports of San Francisco and Los Angeles is a major step in the international recognition of ICC AOKpass as a trusted-third-party and the emergence of a new international standard. This is an essential condition for the resumption of international travel. From the medical laboratory and at every step of the journey, ICC AOKpass makes it possible to certify the negative COVID-19 status of passengers, to the entire air transport chain, for a safe return to travel.

See also: What is the IATA Travel Pass, how does it benefit travelers and what does it mean for the global travel industry? Exclusive video interview with Vinoop Goel.

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