IATA supports EU digital COVID-19 certificate as a global standard

With the reopening of EU states for travel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) urges for the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates (DCC) to be viewed as a global standard.

IATA supports EU digital COVID-19 certificate as a global standard

IATA commended the EU Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates (DCC), and supports the implementation of the certificates globally. 

“The DCC was delivered in record time to help facilitate the reopening of EU states to travel,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Deputy Director General. “In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it should serve as a blueprint for other nations looking to implement digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and its associated economic benefits.”

The EU DCC meets several key criteria, which have been identified as important if a digital vaccination certificate is to be effective: 

  • Format – the DCC has the flexibility to be used in both paper and digital format.
  • QR code – The DCC QR code can be included in both digital and paper format. It contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic. 
  • Verification and authentication – The European Commission has built a gateway through which the encrypted data used to sign DCCs and required to authenticate certificate signatures can be distributed across the EU. The gateway can be also used to distribute encrypted data of non-EU certificate issuers and other issuers. The EU has also developed a specification for machine readable Validation Rules for cross-country travel.

The EU DCC is implemented in the 27 EU member states and several reciprocal agreements have been supported by other states’ own vaccination certificates, including Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. Furthermore, in the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccination certificates, up to 60 other countries are looking to use the DCC specification for their own certification. The DCC is a consistent model with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance. It is also fully supported by IATA Travel Pass. Lastly, another benefit of the DCC is that it enables holders to access non-aviation sites in the EU that require proof of vaccination, such as museums, sporting events and concerts. 

IATA has initiated an offer to collaborate with the EU Commission and any other interested state, to further integrate the DCC into airline processes for a secure and seamless passenger experience, such as support for selective disclosure of personal data.

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