The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will implement the IATA Travel Pass in a gradual rollout across airline networks. These five airlines join Emirates Airline as pioneers in the implementation of the IATA Travel Pass.
The announcement, made on the sidelines of the IATA 77th Annual General Meeting in Boston, follows eleven months of extensive testing by 76 airlines.
“After months of testing, IATA Travel Pass is now entering the operational phase. The app has proven to be an effective tool for managing the complex mess of travel health credentials required by governments. And it’s a huge vote of confidence that some of the world’s best-known airline brands will be making it available to their customers in the coming months, ”said Willie Walsh, IATA CEO.
The app offers a secure way for travelers to verify their travel requirements, receive test results and scan their vaccination certificates, verify that they meet destination and transit requirements, and effortlessly share them with health officials. and the airlines before departure. This will avoid queues and congestion for document checks, to the benefit of travelers, airlines, airports and governments.
IATA Travel Pass is a mobile application that can receive and verify a variety of COVID-19 test results and digital vaccine certificates. Currently, vaccination certificates from 52 countries (representing the source of 56% of global air travel) can be managed through the app. This will increase to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end of November.
IATA Travel Pass is expected to play a key role in recovering the aviation industry from the impact of COVID-19. A digitized solution for managing COVID-19 travel health credential paperwork will support a return to travel when borders are reopened. Since many governments rely on airlines for COVID-19 document verification, this will be critical to avoid queues and congestion at check-in as travel increases.