Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir, will become the first African airline to try IATA’s digital health passport, aiming to enable safe and seamless international travel. The airline’s three-week trial will begin in April 2021 for customers travelling between Kigali in Rwanda and Nairobi in Kenya.
The IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with COVID 19 test or vaccine travel requirements, giving governments the confidence to reopen borders.
The application has a database registry of testing centres and labs at each route network’s arrival and departure points. This works in conjunction with a digital passport that is created on the app by passengers travelling the route, which verifies that each passenger meets the vaccination and pre-travel COVID-19 test requirements for the arrival destination. Furthermore, the platform will allow passengers to share their test and vaccination information through a secure channel with participating authorities and airlines worldwide to establish smooth and seamless travel.
Rwandair currently offers services to 25 destinations across 21 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and joins a host of other airlines trialling the pass, including Air New Zealand, Copa Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and Qatar Airways.