Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian will implement IATA Travel Pass in a phased rollout across the airlines’ networks.
These six airlines join Emirates Airline as IATA Travel Pass implementation pioneers, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a release.
IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that can receive and verify a range of Covid-19 test results and digital vaccines certificates. Currently, vaccine certificates from 52 countries – representing the source of 56 per cent of global air travel – can be managed using the app. This will increase to 74 countries, representing 85 per cent of global traffic, by the end of November.
Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, said that the IATA Travel Pass is now entering the operational phase following months of testing.
“The app has proven itself to be an effective tool to manage the complex mess of travel health credentials that governments require. And it’s a great vote of confidence that some of the world’s best known airline brands will be making it available to their customers over the coming months.”
The app offers a safe and secure way for travellers to check the requirements for their journey, receive Covid-19 test results and scan their vaccine certificates, verify that these meet the destination and transit requirements and share these effortlessly with health officials and airlines prior to departure, said IATA.
It added that this will avoid queuing and congestion for document checks, thereby benefiting travellers, airlines, airports and governments.