Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s national carrier, has become the first African airline to conduct trials of the IATA Travel Pass on flights out of Addis Ababa to Washington DC and Toronto, and out of London and Toronto to Addis Ababa on Sunday 25th April 2021.
The IATA Travel Pass is a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications. It helps verify the authenticity of the COVID-19 test information presented by travellers, necessary for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with countries’ entry requirements.
The application has a database registry of labs and testing centres at each route network’s departure and arrival points. This works in coordination with a digital passport created on the app by passengers travelling the route, verifying each passenger meets vaccination and pre-travel COVID-19 test requirements for the arrival destination. Additionally, the platform allows passengers to share their test and vaccination information via a secure channel with participating authorities and airlines worldwide to establish smooth and seamless travel.