Group partners with The Commons Project Foundation to develop safer cross-border travel initiatives


SINGAPORE, 14 April 2021 — Group, a leading international online travel services provider, has joined forces with The Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum, to announce its membership of the CommonTrust Framework. Along with dozens of leading global health, technology, and travel partners in the CommonTrust Network, Group seeks to empower travelers with accurate information and allow the resumption of global travel by co-developing initiatives, such as the CommonPass app, put forward by the Commons Project Foundation.

CommonPass is anchored by the core values of privacy and data protection for travelers, bringing together private and public partners to develop a global trust framework that will allow travelers to demonstrate their health status in compliance with country entry requirements, while protecting their data privacy. CommonPass and its global network of labs and vaccination sites enables users to verify compliance with COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements put in place by governments and destinations, while giving individuals complete control over their own health data.

“As a leading global online travel agency and a member of the Common Trust Network, Group utilizes the latest technology to bring transparency and efficiency when delivering information to global travelers. Our COVID-19 International Travelers Guide allows travelers to gain clarity and certainty regarding travel requirements for destinations around the world. By joining forces with other leading global travel and technology companies, international organizations, and governments to work together on CommonPass, Group is committed to supporting travelers during these challenging times as international travel resumes," said Jane Sun, CEO of Group.

"To help the world reopen safely, it requires a mission-driven global coalition to build a digital infrastructure that enables interoperability and trust," said Jennifer Zhu Scott, Executive Chairman of The Commons Project Foundation, "The Group team has been a strong and supportive partner from day one, bringing technological know-how, industry expertise, and passion for the greater good to our mission. We are very excited to welcome Group to join the CommonTrust Network formally."

The CommonPass platform assesses whether the individual’s lab test results or vaccination records come from a trusted source and satisfy the health screening requirements of the country they want to enter. CommonPass delivers a simple yes/no answer as to whether the individual meets the current entry criteria, but the underlying health information stays in the individual’s control. CommonPass is designed such that it can be accessed directly through other apps and services. The purpose of CommonPass and the CommonTrust Network is to enable safer airline and cross border travel by giving individuals, airlines, airports, cruises, hotels, employers venues and governments confidence in each traveler’s verified COVID-19 status.

The global expansion of the CommonTrust Network, which now covers 28 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas, will be key in driving the global travel sector’s recovery by enabling people to travel safely and securely with the use of advanced technology. Collaborating with The Commons Project Foundation solidifies Group’s efforts to kickstart the safe return of global travel, which also include working with the World Travel & Tourism Council and the launch of the company’s COVID-19 International Traveler’s Guide, an online portal that promotes safe travel protocols and providers travelers with information on the latest entry requirements for countries around the world.