Bahrain’s Gulf Air to trial IATA travel pass; 4th airline in Middle East to do so

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air has partnered with the global aviation agency, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to trial the IATA Travel Pass that helps passengers to manage their travel amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Gulf Air joins a growing number of carriers, including the Gulf-based carriers Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, to participate in the IATA Travel Pass trial to help pave the way for the re-establishment of global connectivity while managing the risks of COVID-19.

Gulf Air passengers will be able to create a ‘digital passport’ that will allow them to match their travel plans with the COVID-19 health requirements of their destination country and validate compliance. During the trial period, the service will be available to Gulf Air customers traveling on selected routes to and from Bahrain.

Capt. Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi
Capt. Waleed Abdulhameed AlAlawi
Acting CEO – Gulf Air

“Gulf Air is proud to partner with IATA to trial IATA Travel Pass to simplify and enhance compliance with COVID-19 health requirements and ensure passengers can fly with confidence. IATA Travel Pass acts as a ‘digital passport’ enabling travelers to securely and effortlessly navigate their travel plans, knowing that their verified travel credential is based on the latest COVID-19 information, strict data privacy regulations, and entry rules for their destination.”

Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo, and Security commented, “We are proud to work with Gulf Air to trial IATA Travel Pass. This is an important step in enabling international travel during the pandemic, giving people the confidence that they are meeting all COVID-19 entry requirements. IATA Travel Pass holds the key to the safe restart of the travel and tourism industry, which is an important contributor to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s economy.”

The e-pass, which will be available in app stores soon, contains documented health information about travelers, such as checks and vaccinations, as well as relevant country criteria for COVID-19 precautions.

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