Emirates is going to start the trail of a mobile app, developed by International Air Transport Association (IATA), for the first time to get Covid-19 updates and test verification result.
Through this app, passengers can easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information, said a press release on Sunday.
The IATA travel pass app will enable Emirates passengers to create a 'digital passport' to verify their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination.
They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. The new app will also enable travellers to manage all travel documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience.
Prior to a full roll-out, Emirates will implement phase 1 in Dubai for the validation of Covid-19 PCR tests before departure. The initial phase is expected to begin in April.
Chief Operating Officer of Emirates Adel Al Redha said, "We have worked with IATA on this innovative solution to simplify and digitally transmit the information that is required by countries and governments into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner."
Within the IATA Travel Pass app, the integrated registry of travel requirements will also enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of where they are travelling from.
It will also include a registry of testing and eventually vaccination centres – making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.
The platform will also enable authorised labs and test centres to securely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers. The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary information amongst all stakeholders and to provide a seamless passenger experience.
Emirates has already introduced a smart contactless journey with an integrated biometric path and other services including self-check-in and bag drop kiosks at Dubai International airport for a smoother airport experience.