15 FEBRUARY 2021


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Article from BTNews 15 FEBRUARY 2021

SITA and ‘Health Protect’

A multinational information technology owned by the travel business SITA announced the launch of ‘Health Protect’ – an industry solution, to help airlines, airports, governments and passengers safely and securely share information on health tests or vaccinations needed during travel.

Successful trials have already been undertaken with passengers to the United Arab Emirates, and soon to start at Milan Malpensa Airport.

A key benefit is a unique ability to seamlessly integrate with multiple travel pass or ‘health passport’ schemes, bridging the gap between these schemes and aviation and border processes. Critically, by incorporating Advance Passenger Processing (APP), it enables authorities to make an informed decision whether a passenger can travel at the point of check-in, improving the safety of all passengers and avoiding costly return flights.

Passengers without the required documentation, or considered high risk, will be unable to check in for their flight, ensuring they do not travel to the airport. By facilitating the inclusion of health pass schemes into existing, proven, and trusted passenger processing systems, SITA says that ‘Health Protect’ minimizes the operational and technical impact on carriers and ports.  It will provide passenger certainty that they have the right documents before departure, vitally at a time when border regulations change regularly.


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