DUBAI, 21 April 2021: Emirates is participating in trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app that helps passengers securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information.

The first trial took place on a flight from Dubai to Barcelona using a ‘digital passport’ to verify and share pre-travel Covid-19 test status with Emirates.

The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travellers to manage Covid-19 related documentation digitally, safely and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In the future, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.

Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha said: “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 trial continues on selected Emirates flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai and is due shortly to be expanded to other routes.

Eligible passengers are personally invited to download the app and enrol for the digital travel pass ahead of their travels. The IATA Travel Pass app will have 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 and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.

The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary information amongst all stakeholders and provide a seamless passenger experience.

Emirates has been making travel safe and convenient with its latest initiatives like the IATA Travel Pass trials. Its latest policy updates also offer customers even more confidence and flexibility to make their travel plans. Emirates has the industry’s most generous ticket validity, giving customers the ability and flexibility to hold or use their ticket anytime for up to 36 months.

Emirates was also the first airline to provide global multi-risk travel insurance, including COVID-19 cover with every flight. Throughout the journey, the airline has also implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.

(Source: Your Stories Emirates)