Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Emirates & Etihad Airways to Launch IATA Travel Pass

Emirates and Etihad Airways became one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app that helps passengers monitor Covid-19 travel restrictions and share test and vaccine certificates with airlines and governments. The pass will initially be offered to Etihad’s guests on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021, and, if successful, it will be extended to other destinations on the Etihad network.

In April, Emirates will have phase 1 in Dubai for the validation of COVID-19 PCR tests before departure. Customers traveling from Dubai will be able to share their COVID-19 test status directly with the airline even before reaching the airport through the app, which will then auto-populate the details on the check-in system.

While international travel remains as safe as ever, there are new protocols and travel requirements with the current global pandemic. We have worked with IATA on this innovative solution to simplify and digitally transmit the information that is required by countries and governments into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner. We are proud to be one of the first airlines in the world to pilot this initiative, which will provide an enhanced customer experience and conveniently facilitate our customers’ travel needs. – Adel Al Redha Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer

IATA Travel Pass allows passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to check their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination. They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines. The new app will also enable travelers to manage all travel documentation digitally and seamlessly.

COVID-19 tests and vaccinations will be key to get the world flying again. Since 1 August 2020, Etihad is the only airline requiring a pre-departure negative PCR test result for all passengers worldwide, and again on arrival in Abu Dhabi, giving our guests the added assurance of safety when they travel with us. A high priority for Etihad is for our guests to have an easy, secure and efficient way to identify and verify their information. Being one of the first airlines globally working with IATA as a pioneer partner on the IATA Travel Pass is a big step forward for Etihad’s guests and for the industry. – Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group

The IATA Travel Pass app will allow passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of where they are traveling from. It will also include a registry of testing and eventually vaccination centers. The platform will also enable authorized labs and test centers to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers.

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