A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently formalised between Emirates Airline and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) which will position Dubai as one of the first cities globally to introduce digital verification of traveller medical records related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
Signing the MoU was chairman and chief executive, Emirates, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who was joined by director general, Dubai Health Authority, HE Awadh Al Ketbi.
HH Al Maktoum commented on the development: “Dubai is a leading global air transport hub, as well as one of the world’s most progressive cities in the area of e-government services. It’s a natural step to combine our capabilities to implement digital verification of COVID-19 medical records, which will also enable contactless document verification at Dubai Airport. This will tremendously improve the traveller experience, as well as the reliability, efficiency and compliance with entry requirements imposed by destinations around the world.”
He continued: “Dubai will continue to lead the way in implementing effective and balanced approaches to contagion control, while facilitating travel and air transport which are crucial to communities and economies.”
Under the newly signed MoU, Emirates Airline and the DHA will work to link the IT systems of DHA-approved laboratories with Emirates’ reservations and check-in systems, in order to enable the efficient sharing, storing and verification of passenger health information related to COVID-19 infection, testing and vaccination. The project will commence immediately and should start to benefit travellers in the months to follow.