Emirates airlines has started a digital app for COVID-19 updates and test verification partnering with International Air Transport Association (IATA).
And by doing this, the airline has became among the first airlines to trial IATA Travel Pass.
“Emirates becomes one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass, a global digital platform for COVID-19 updates and test verification, tweeted the airline.
Within the IATA Travel Pass app, the integrated registry of travel requirements will also enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of where they are travelling from. It will also include a registry of testing and eventually vaccination centres – 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.
Before a full rollout, Emirates will implement the first phase in Dubai to validate COVID-19 PCR tests before departure.
In this first phase, which is expected to start in April, Emirates customers arriving from Dubai will be able to share their COVID-19 test status directly with the airline before arriving at the airport via the app, which then has the details on the website automatically fills in check-in system.
“While international travel remains as safe as ever, there are new protocols and travel requirements with the current global pandemic,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer.
“We have worked with IATA on this innovative solution to simplify and digitally transmit the information that is required by countries and governments into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner.”
Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security said: “We’re proud to work with Emirates to make IATA Travel Pass available in the Middle East region. With its global customer base and network traffic, Emirates as a partner will also bring invaluable input and feedback to improve the Travel Pass programme. This is the first step in making international travel during the pandemic as convenient as possible giving people the confidence that they are meeting all COVID-19 entry requirements by governments. As borders re-open, IATA Travel Pass will be further enhanced with more capabilities to meet all governments testing or vaccination verification requirements and Emirates customers will be among the first to have these services.”
What Are The Benefits Of The App
- Via the new app, Emirates passengers can start creating travel plans in sync with the COVID-19 requirements of different governments.
- The platform will allow Emirates passengers to create a ‘digital passport‘ to verify their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination.
- They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.
- The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary information amongst all stakeholders and to provide a seamless passenger experience.
Emirates is committed to providing a seamless customer experience at all touchpoints. In the last few months, it has introduced a smart contactless journey with an integrated biometric path and other services including self-check-in and bag drop kiosks at Dubai International airport for a smoother airport experience.