Emirates Will Use the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Pass, a COVID-19 Digital Passport, across the airline's entire network, with implementation across Emirates' entire network of 120+ destinations by October, 2021. Emirates joins Qantas, which confirmed in July that it will use the IATA Travel Pass for Qantas and Jetstar international flights. Etihad, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines are also trialing the pass.
Currently the IATA Travel Pass is available to Emirates passenger traveling from 50 cities, following successful trials in April 2021 on select routes from Dubai, and a pilot program in June that expanded the Travel Pass to 12 routes.
With the myriad of entry, vaccine, and testing requirements for different destinations, which continue to change, verifying what entry requirements are and passing the relevant documentation checks at the airport are some of the more time consuming aspects of travel currently.
IATA Travel Pass Features
- Accurate information on travel, testing, and vaccine requirements for a passenger's travel
- Information on certified COVID-19 testing centers at the departure airport or city that meet the requirements of the destination.
- Digital management and secure sharing of travel documentation, including test results and vaccination certificates
To date, European Union and UK citizens can register their vaccine certificate on the Travel Pass app, and the plan is to enable a broader range of verified digital travel documents to linked to, or uploaded to the app.
Emirates COO Adel Al Redha confirmed that the Travel Pass will enable Emirates to deliver smoother journeys for passengers, including contactless and efficient document checks.
Emirates hasn't mandated that all passengers be vaccinated to fly, unlike Qantas, Which Will Require All Passengers on International Flights to be Vaccinated. Many countries do require international arrivals to be vaccinated, however, which the IATA Travel Pass will help to verify. Starting in early November 2021, the U.S. Will Require International Arrivals to be Vaccinated, and Canada Will Require Full Vaccination of All Airline Passengers and Cruisers no later than the end of October 2021.
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