EVA Air launches ICC AOKpass on SFO and LAX flights
Taiwan’s EVA Air has announced the launch of the ICC AOKpass digital health passport on flights between Taipei and both SFO and LAX.
This is one of the latest of the so-called digital passports launched with the goal of making it easy and safe for people to begin traveling once again. Because these apps offer verified results, the hope is that they will be acceptable for customs agents around the globe.
Current regulations require that travelers to and from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. With the ICC AOKpass, passengers can store their PCR test results digitally on their mobile devices for later verification at the airport.
The ICC AOKpass management system completes this verification using a global, blockchain-based network ensuring all test results are genuine, valid, and in line with government regulations. In this case, travelers can securely verify their COVID-19 test results from laboratories approved by local health authorities. This pass allows passengers to fast track through immigration in San Francisco and Los Angeles, while retaining the privacy of their personal health data. The ICC AOKpass is currently active in 13 countries with over 500 flights.
EVA Air commented, “Starting this March, we started working with digital-solution-provider Affinidi and joining Singapore and Malaysia in a pilot program. In order to extend the service, we are delighted to be launching another pilot of this leading solution. It is vitally important that our passengers’ health is protected, their data is secure and they have a convenient travel experience. ICC AOKpass supports all these three key aims and the pilot will be assisted by our trusted medical partner, MedAire. By running a six-week pilot we will be able to see the consistent benefits to our passengers.”
“We firmly believe that digital health credentials will play a vital role in the recovery of international air travel,” said San Francisco International Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “We are pleased that EVA Air has chosen SFO as a location to test the ICC AOKpass solution, and we will continue to pursue partnerships like this which point the way towards the future of healthy air travel.”
“Global collaboration and new technology are paving the way for passengers to quickly and efficiently verify their COVID-19 test status and safely return to the skies,” said Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Justin Erbacci. “LAX is pleased to work with EVA Air and AOKpass to deploy this new innovation, which supports the safe reopening of international travel and provides a secure and efficient experience for those who must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.”