Six more airlines have implemented the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass in a phased rollout across their networks. These include Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.
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, which represent the source of 56% of global air travel, can be managed using the app. This will increase to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end of November.
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.
Other airlines trialing the IATA travel pass include Emirates, Japan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France, LATAM, British Airways, Avianca, Air NewZealand, Rwandair, Ethiopian Airlines, among others.
Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s national carrier, was 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.