Pilot project - Authorizing use of data from the ICAO PKD by the Private Sector


Supporting aviation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

ICAO, in strong collaboration with the entire aviation community, has worked tirelessly to support aviation's restart and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this work is focussed on support for innovative seamless and contactless passenger processing involving multi-stakeholder cooperation.

Further to these efforts, the ICAO PKD Board agreed to launch a pilot project to examine the use of ICAO PKD data by private sector entities in December 2021.  

Within this pilot project, authorized entities are permitted to use PKD data obtained from the public PKD data download website and the public ICAO Master List download site to validate electronic travel documents and/or health proofs within travel-related processes

41 companies are currently participating in the pilot. 

A new phase for enrolment of pilot participants will open soon. Interested parties are invited to express interest in participating by latest 2 February 2024 by contacting icao-pkd@icao.int.

Authorization is provided only following signature of a legal agreement confirming adherence to the terms of the pilot. Participation in the pilot is free of charge.

Additional information

1. The Legal Agreement

The legal agreement establishes permissions for usage of ICAO PKD data, outlines the time periods for such usage, and assures the deletion of such data at the end of the trial period. Any copying, reproduction, republishing, broadcasting or transmission of data outside of the entity's own products - already prohibited under the general Terms and Conditions associated with all data downloads from the afore-mentioned sites - continues to be prohibited. Usage is only possible to support travel use cases, and authorization will only be provided to entities engaged in such work. The agreement also requires pilot participants to provide feedback to ICAO following this trial period in order to inform further steps on this matter. 

A designated representative from the commercial entity must sign this agreement prior to any authorization for commercial use of PKD data being provided.

2. Data available

All data included in the ICAO PKD is available to pilot participants. This includes the CSCA public key certificates of participants available in the ICAO Master List and those made available by States in their own Master Lists, eMRTD Document Signer Certificates, Certificate Revocation Lists and Deviation Lists. The ICAO Health Master List, which supports authentication of vaccination and test certificates used in international travel, is also made available.

Use is possible for the authentication of electronic travel documents and public health proofs within processes for travel.

For more information or to participate in this project, please contact icao-pkd@icao.int


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