A bit harsh. You could be right though it may just be a matter of timing rather than fundamental technical obstacles. The earlier than forecast restart of international travel has meant doing it without the IATA TP and other new IT tools (e.g. DPD) that carriers and government agencies thought they had several more months to get ready.Nudge... Wondering if anyone has any more recent experience?
I'm getting a sense that this is heading for an IT non-interoperable black hole... like the first, useless, costly, Aus Government procured, COVID-19 App?
Compatibility of the ICVC will surely (?) be resolved – though not necessarily by end of Nov as per IATA’s reassurance – since both the ICVC and TP are based on technologies purpose-designed as international standards.
No insight into why the AU ppt is causing such problems with the TP nor whether the problem is fixable other than by manual entry. Most baffling is that QF and others trialled the TP for some months and did not flag this major issue.
QF is still vague about timing for TP introduction on QF services so I'm not counting on using it for my UK trip in Dec: see here.
The TP is an interesting tool that one wants to work but I see it as ‘nice to have’ rather than vital. An appealing benefit for both pax & airlines is the prospect of pre-flight clearance before leaving home i.e. vax status and any test requirement associated with destination are verified in advance, reducing risk of denial of boarding at the airport.
But even if/when the glitches are sorted out we are still going to need credentials to be inspected at check-in and other points at the departure airport, in transit and at arrival port. For visual inspection/verification by airport staff I expect hard copy docs will still be the easier option. I had the most annoying experience last week which, while not aviation-related, was I think indicative: I was picking up pre-ordered goods from a well-known electronics retailer and the staff member took my phone from me to enlarge the order number on screen so he could read it more easily – hardly the promised ‘contactless’ experience!