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Emirates becomes first airline to roll out digital health passport worldwide

Emirates has become the first airline to implement the International Air Transport Association's IATA Travel Pass solution on six continents as it rolls out this digital health pass to customers at all its destinations.

Emirates has become the first airline to implement the International Air Transport Association’s IATA Travel Pass solution on six continents as it rolls out this digital health pass to customers at all its destinations.

Following successful trials in April on select routes from its Dubai hub, Emirates gradually expanded the IATA Travel Pass pilot to customers on 12 routes in June and the airline has now confirmed it has signed a contract with IATA to implement the solution across its global network.

Currently available to Emirates customers travelling from 50 cities, the roll-out across all 120+ Emirates destinations is expected to be completed by October.

The airline says the app will enable customers to share their digital documents for travel before they reach the airport, such as COVID vaccination certificates and test results, and these will be securely and automatically reflected in Emirates’ check-in systems to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free airport experience

Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President Operations, Safety and Security said: “Emirates’ implementation of IATA Travel Pass across its global network cements its role as a key tool in managing the complex myriad of health credentials required for travel.

“By providing passengers with a one-stop-shop to demystify, manage and process these credentials through a secure automated process, they can arrive at the airport ready-to-fly using automated processes.

“This will avoid queuing and congestion for document checks – to the benefit of travellers, airlines, airports and governments.”

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Key features of the IATA Travel Pass include:

  • Repository of the latest travel requirements: it enables passengers to find accurate information on travel, testing, and vaccine requirements for their journey
  • Registry of testing centres: it enables passengers to access certified COVID-19 testing centres at their departure location which meet the requirements of their destination.
  • Digital documentation: the app allows passengers to manage their travel documentation digitally. From receiving test results and vaccination certificates directly from authorised labs and test centres, to conveniently and securely sharing these documents with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. 

Travellers today can access over 1,500 COVID-19 test labs via the IATA Travel Pass app, and this number continues to grow.

Travellers can register their vaccine certificate on the app, and work is underway to enable a broader range of verified digital travel documents to be linked to or uploaded to the app.

Click here for more information on the contactless journey.