(28 June 2021) Emirates has expanded its trial of the IATA Travel Pass solution to customers flying to 10 cities, and plans to extend it to all routes across its network in the coming weeks.
The Dubai-based airline has also partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for COVID19 related contact tracing and health documentation.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer, said, “Over the past months, we have really accelerated our biometric, contactless and digital travel verification projects to provide our customers with even greater convenience and assurance when they fly with Emirates. From our biometrics path at Dubai International (DXB) to initiatives like the IATA Travel Pass and integrations with the health authority databases, these projects deliver multiple benefits from better customer experiences to the reduced use of paper, and improved efficiency and reliability in travel document checks.”
Emirates customers flying between Dubai and the following cities: London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle, and Amsterdam, can now use IATA Travel Pass to access the latest COVID19 related travel information including the location of PCR test labs, and manage their COVID19 travel documentation such as vaccination and latest PCR test results.
Passengers on those flights will receive an SMS and email with the activation code and instructions on downloading the IATA Travel Pass app.
The airline is also progressing on plans to roll-out the IATA Travel Pass solution across its global network.
The IATA Travel Pass app is available to both iOS and Android users, and can also be used by customers with non-biometric passports.
From July, Emirates will integrate the Alhosn app with its check-in systems, expanding on its existing integration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). This enables customers travelling from the UAE to benefit from the quick digital retrieval and verification of COVID19 medical records, regardless of where in the UAE they had completed their vaccination, or COVID19 PCR and antigen tests.
Alhosn is a joint initiative between the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and local health authorities and is endorsed by the National Authority for Emergency and Crisis Management. It is the official UAE COVID19 results app and provides quick access to COVID-19 test results and vaccination information.
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