Bahrain’s Gulf Air to trial IATA Travel Pass on London, Athens & Singapore flights

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The national carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air has begun the trial of the IATA Travel Pass for its flights Bahrain to London, Athens and Singapore.

Travelers who are flying to these destinations with a biometric passport can now test the app which will allow them to easily and securely manage their travel in line with any latest government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information

With a ‘digital passport’ passport created as part of the process, Gulf Air flyers can match their travel itineraries with the COVID-19 health requirements of their destination country, and validate compliance. Bahrain is one of the first governments to participate in a trial of the IATA Travel Pass.

Bahrain’s American Mission Hospital, Bahrain Specialist Hospital, Royal Bahrain Hospital and Royal Hospital for Woman and Children are the IATA authorized institutions that can send the test results to passengers via the app.

Captain Waleed AlAlawi
Captain Waleed AlAlawi
Acting CEO
Gulf Air

“Gulf Air is proud to partner with IATA as one of the first airlines in the world to commence the trials and we look forward to initiating it on three routes starting from today. We strongly appreciate the support received from the concerned authorities to ensure the success of the trial which will allow passengers to fly with confidence.”

Sharing his opinion on the initiative, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, Mr. Nick Careen stated that “Managing multiple pieces of paper for COVID-19 health requirements for travel is inconvenient for passengers, unmanageable for airlines and airports and overwhelming for border authorities. We are proud to work with Gulf Air to trial IATA Travel Pass, through this live trial we hope to demonstrate that governments can efficiently manage travel requirements with complete confidence in the identity of the passenger and the veracity of the travel credentials. 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.”

Passengers on Gulf Air flights to London, Athens and Singapore from Bahrain will be intimated about the specifics of sign-up.

Economy class passengers will receive access to the Gulf Air Falcon Gold check-in area and Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport while passengers in the Falcon Gold cabin will receive free WiFi on board their flights as a token of appreciation for their participation.

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