Emirates, one of the first global airlines to pilot the IATA Travel Pass in April, is now offering the solution to customers flying to 10 cities and plans to extend it to all routes across its network in the coming weeks. In addition, Emirates has also partnered with Alhosn, the official United Arab Emirates app for COVID-19-related contact tracing and health documentation.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ COO said in a press announcement that these biometric and digital travel verification projects have helped to reduce the use of paper and improve the efficiency and reliability in travel document checks.
Emirates customers flying between Dubai and London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York’s JFK Airport, Moscow, Frankfurt, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam can now use IATA Travel Pass to access the latest COVID-related travel information, including the location of PCR test labs, and manage their COVID-19 travel documentation, such as vaccination and latest PCR test results. Passengers on these flights will receive an text message and email with the activation code and instructions on downloading the IATA Travel Pass app.
The airline says it is progressing on plans to roll out the IATA Travel Pass solution across its global network.
Good to know: The IATA Travel Pass app is now 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; this enables customers travelling from the U.A.E. to benefit from the quick and convenient digital retrieval and verification of COVID-19 medical records, regardless of where in the U.A.E. they had completed their vaccination, or COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests. Customers, Emirates says, who opt to allow access their COVID-19-related health information via the Alhosn app for travel purposes can rest assured that once check-in formalities are completed, information related to their COVID-19 medical records will be immediately discarded from the Emirates systems.