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One app to rule them all? Qatar expands digital health passport trial

Qatar Airways has expanded its IATA Travel Pass trial, enabling travellers to Doha to share their Qatar issued vaccination certificate via their mobile with the airline and authorities in what the airline is saying is a more safe, seamless and secure way.

Qatar Airways has expanded its IATA Travel Pass trial, enabling travellers to Doha to share their Qatar issued vaccination certificate via their mobile with the airline and authorities in what the airline is saying is a more safe, seamless and secure way.

Qatar Airways says it will continue to set the benchmark for innovation, safety and customer service, by becoming the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App.

As more travellers return to the skies, the airline says it remains committed to reducing paperwork and providing a more contactless, secure and seamless travel experience for its passengers.

The trial will be rolled out in phases from July, beginning initially with cabin crew returning to Doha travelling from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney.

Cabin crew will be able to upload their Qatar issued COVID-19 vaccination credentials along with their COVID-19 test results to the IATA Travel Pass Mobile App and verify they are eligible to travel.

On arrival in Doha, the crew will then be able to safely and securely share their vaccination certificate and proceed through immigration at the airport.

So what exactly is the IATA Travel Pass?

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It’s an app that allows customers will be able to create a digital health wallet linked to their e-passport. Once travellers have been tested and/or vaccinated, labs will securely send data to the individual’s app.

The app then checks requirements for travel against the data and customers who meet those travel requirements will be given the green tick to travel.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “Despite the significant challenges the pandemic has caused international aviation, our industry has continued to be a leader in adopting new technologies and innovations to ensure a safe, secure and seamless travel experience for our passengers.”

“We know as more people begin making plans to return to their favourite holiday destinations, they will inevitably face the challenge of ensuring they have the right paperwork. Through trialling and supporting the development of new technologies, we aim to provide travellers with a tool that will support them to seamlessly travel across borders with greater confidence.”

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said: “Qatar Airways and the Qatari Government are showing leadership by becoming the first to trial the verification of passengers’ vaccine credentials through IATA Travel Pass. Certificates of COVID-19 vaccination or testing status will be key to restoring people’s freedom to travel.”

“Trials by Qatar Airways and some 70 other airlines have demonstrated that IATA Travel Pass can efficiently manage test results. This important new trial focusing on vaccination status will build even more confidence in IATA Travel Pass as a complete solution for travellers, governments and airlines.”