March 29 2021  |  Airline & Terminal News

ANA tests health passport on key route

By Rick Lundstrom

Individual test results and other information are found on CommonPass

All Nippon Airways will conduct the first trial of the CommonPass digital health passport on its Tokyo Haneda - New York route.

CommonPass is a user-oriented standardized global identification framework that makes it possible for travelers to document and share their COVID-19 testing status and vaccination history. It will help ensure that all COVID-19 related immigration regulations are met. The system removes barriers to and expedites processing of international travel while also protecting user privacy.

“At ANA, we are constantly looking for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient,” said Juichi Hirasawa, Senior Vice President of ANA Corporate Planning, in today’s announcement. “Our trials of the CommonPass Health application will help us to ensure that these procedures will enable us to simplify international travel while also protecting passenger privacy.”

ANA is collaborating with The Commons Project (TCP), in cooperation with The World Economic Forum to hold trials of the CommonPass on the flight from Tokyo Haneda to New York on March 29. CommonPass is only the latest step from ANA to support healthcare professionals and help simplify the travel process while protecting passengers from the threat of COVID-19. ANA is committed to fighting COVID-19 and has been recognized by SKYTRAX for its commitment to creating a safe and hospitable travel experience.

CommonPass verifies that an individual’s lab test results or vaccination records come from a trusted source, and meet the health screening requirements of the country they want to enter. Throughout the entire process, personal health information stays in the user’s control. CommonPass helps customs and immigration personnel access Pre-departure PCR test results, linking them to the name and travel document numbers of the user while also confirming that the negative results were recorded within the prescribed timeframe and conducted at accredited laboratories. CommonPass also streamlines airport check-in procedures.

During this trial, ANA will verify the effectiveness of tests and check-in procedures at Haneda Airport, using the information it gathers to improve the process. ANA will continue working together with TCP, in order to establish a system for safe international travel and to improve all aspects of the passenger experience.