On April 15, 2021, Emirates Airline began trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass.
The mobile app has been invented for travellers to easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.
The trials mark a significant step towards allowing travellers to manage COVID-19 related documentation digitally, safely and seamlessly during their journeys. Looking ahead, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.
Chief operating officer, Emirates Airline, Adel Al Redha declared: “The ability to process passengers’ COVID-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward. We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialling this initiative in real time and soon will be launching other initiatives to further enhance our customer experience.”
The IATA Travel Pass app is being trialled on selected flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai. It will soon be introduced on other routes.
Eligible passengers are being personally invited to download the app and enrol for the digital travel pass ahead of their travels. In Dubai, Emirates Airline has partnered with select Prime Health Care labs that are authorised to securely send test results to passengers via the app. Those travelling from the UK, can get their test done at select Screen4 labs.
The app will comprise of an integrated registry of travel requirements to enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of their itinerary. Eventually it will also include a registry of labs, making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres at their departure location.