GENEVA, 9 February 2021: SITA announced at the weekend the launch of its Health Protect – an industry solution, to help airlines, airports, governments, and passengers share information securely on health tests or vaccinations needed during travel.
Successful trials have already been undertaken with
travellers to the United Arab Emirates, and soon to start at Milan Malpensa
As governments globally seek a way to resume safe and secure
travel in the wake of Covid-19, the ability for passengers to share health
information such as PCR test results or vaccination history with authorities is
SITA’s Health Protect allows airlines and passengers to
submit these required documents safely and securely in line with specific
A key benefit is its 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.
Combining the functionality of passenger locator forms,
health attestations, and travel declarations, as well as Electronic Travel
Authorization (ETA), Health Protect supports a seamless and contactless
passenger journey. It will also provide passenger certainty that they have the
right documents before departure, vitally at a time when borders regulations
Last week for the first time, a small group of air
travellers flying from Germany and Estonia to the United Arab Emirates tested
the health data platform and app SimplyGo in a live environment. As part of the
trial project, SimplyGo partnered with SITA to make use of SITA Health Protect.
During the trial, travellers obtained a negative Covid-19
result via their SimplyGo app before travelling. The data was then securely
stored on the SimplyGo platform to be accessed by airlines, and border
officials who authorised boarding of the plane and their eventual arrival at
the destination country, the United Arab Emirates. Integration with the UAE
government systems was made possible through the Advance Passenger Processing
platform delivered by SITA.
Similarly, SEA Milan Airports is collaborating with SITA to
pilot an innovative platform that digitalises declarations on Covid-19 tested
flights and manages the testing process at Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport,
Italy’s second busiest airport.
About Health Protect
Health Protect comprises a suite of solutions, including SITA Health ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization), SITA Advance Passenger Processing (APP), and SITA Flex for in-airport passenger flow monitoring. Selecting the right combination of products and integrating with a health pass system like SimplyGo, ensures governments are aware of who is intending to travel and their health status. Governments can then make informed decisions on who to allow to travel.