Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Emirates testing new COVID-19 digital ‘passport’ app

The new cellphone app could help make it easier for passengers to navigate the myriad of COVID-19-induced rules and regulations when travelling, including requirements for COVID-19 tests.

Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (Iata) to trial the Iata Travel Pass, an app that allows you to store key information such as your COVID-19 test record and any vaccine information.

Since the pandemic, countries have introduced new entry requirements which often include needing to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within a certain time window (usually 72 hours before departure).

Share COVID-19 status with airline before reaching airport

From April, Emirates customers travelling from Dubai will be able to share their COVID-19 test status directly with the airline before reaching the airport through the app, which will then auto-populate their details on its check-in system.

The app will also offer features such as information on travel and entry requirements for a chosen destination, as well as a registry of testing centres and, eventually, vaccination centres.

The platform also allows authorised labs and test centres to securely send test results and vaccination certificates to passengers.

Innovative solution

Iata senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen, said having Emirates as a partner would bring valuable input and feedback to improve the Travel Pass programme.

“This is the first step in making international travel during the pandemic as convenient as possible giving people the confidence that they are meeting all Covid-19 entry requirements by governments.”

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