Emirates from Dubai and Etihad Airways from the UAE will be the first to try the IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app that helps passengers plan their journeys safely in line with government requirements for COVID-19 testing and vaccination, IATA announced on Tuesday.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Emirates and Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates, which will be one of the first airlines in the world to try the IATA Travel Pass mobile application.
It allows Emirates and Etihad passengers to create the so-called "digital passport". Thanks to it, travellers will be able to check that their coronavirus test or vaccination meets the requirements of the travel destination and whether they are eligible to travel themselves. In addition, the new application will provide passengers with control over their data, it will also allow the authorities and airlines to provide test and vaccination certificates; it will also enable digital and hassle-free management of all the documents needed while travelling.
Emirates is scheduled to start checking COVID-19 tests using the app in Dubai in April. Emirates travellers from Dubai will be able to share their test status directly with the airline via the app before reaching the airport, and the app will automatically fill in their check-in details.
Etihad Airways travellers will initially test the application on selected flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in the first quarter of 2021. If successful, it will be extended to other locations on the Etihad network.
IATA Senior Vice President Nick Careen, responsible for airports, passenger traffic, cargo and security, quoted in the release, emphasized that working with Emirates and Etihad to launch the IATA Travel Pass is an important milestone in resuming international travel. IATA's goal is to "give all governments the confidence to reopen borders to travellers based on the verified vaccine and test data," he added. At the same time, he assured about further improvement of the application.
The IATA Travel Pass has been developed as four independent modules that can interact with each other. They include, among others an inventory of testing and vaccination centres to help passengers find test centres and laboratories at the point of departure that meet the testing and vaccination standards at the destination. The platform will also allow authorized laboratories and research centres to safely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers.
These modules can run together as one complete end-to-end solution or can be used separately to complement systems that others are building. IATA has developed these modules to ensure they are interoperable with other industry solutions.
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author: Aneta Oksiuta