Emirates is one of the first global airlines to trial the new International Air Transport Association’s IATA Travel Pass.
The new mobile app, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information.
The IATA Travel Pass enables airline passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to verify that 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 to facilitate travel.
The new app, which is also being trialed by fellow UAE airline Etihad, will also enable travellers to manage all travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience.
Prior to a full roll-out, Emirates will implement phase 1 in Dubai for the validation of Covid-19 PCR tests before departure. In this initial phase, expected to begin in April, Emirates customers travelling 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,” says Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. “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.”
Within the IATA Travel Pass app, the integrated registry of travel requirements will also enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of where they are travelling from. It will also include a registry of testing and eventually vaccination centres – making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.
The platform will also enable authorized labs and test centres to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers. The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary information amongst all stakeholders and to provide a seamless passenger experience.
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