(11 Jun 2021) Vietjet has confirmed that it will soon begin a trial of the IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app designed to manage digital health credentials and ensure those credentials are authentic.
IATA has been working closely with Vietjet and the relevant Vietnamese authorities to ensure the product can support and facilitate safe international travel.
Vietjet Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong, said, “Vietjet strongly believes that with IATA Travel Pass, our passengers will get the best experience on their upcoming travels.”
Before making a flight, passengers download the IATA Travel Pass application, fill in the information, and take a COVID19 test at designated facilities. They will receive an “OK to Travel” if their travel health credentials meet the destination’s requirements.
The IATA Travel Pass will help passengers manage their travel health credentials according to the prevailing government requirements for COVID19 tests or vaccination.
The app consists of four modules – a global registry of health requirements, an international registry of testing centers, a lab app to securely share test and vaccination certificates with passengers, and a contactless travel app that enables passengers to create a digital passport and manage their travel documentation digitally.
Travelers remain in control of their data at all times as the IATA Travel pass does not store any data centrally.
Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo, Security, said, “We look forward to working with Vietjet to trial IATA Travel Pass and demonstrate that digital health apps can securely, conveniently, and efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials. This is a positive step forward towards restarting international aviation.”
Vietjet has not yet disclosed when exactly in June the trial will commence, nor on which international route(s) it will be tested.
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