UAE’s largest airline Emirates is offering the IATA Travel Pass solution to travelers flying to 10 cities and plans to expand it to all routes across its network in the coming weeks.
Furthermore, Emirates has partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for COVID-19 related contact tracing and health documentation, to provide greater convenience and smoother trips.
According to the company statement, “Emirates customers flying between Dubai and the following cities: London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle, and Amsterdam; can now use IATA Travel Pass to access the latest COVID-19 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 SMS and email with the activation code and instructions on downloading the IATA Travel Pass app.
The airline is in the process of developing plans for an IATA Travel Pass solution across its global network. Emirates has worked closely with IATA and its partners since the trials began to improve the IATA Travel Pass experience based on user feedback.
“Over the past months, we have really accelerated our biometric, contactless and digital travel verification projects to provide our customers with even greater convenience and assurance when they fly with Emirates. From our biometrics path at Dubai International (DXB) to initiatives like the IATA Travel Pass and integrations with the health authority databases, these projects deliver multiple benefits from better customer experiences to the reduced use of paper, and improved efficiency and reliability in travel document checks. We are grateful for the support from the authorities and our industry partners in the successful deployment of these projects which strengthen Emirates and Dubai’s world-leading aviation capabilities.”
Emirates will integrate the Alhosn app with its check-in systems starting in July, building on an existing partnership with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). This allows customers traveling from the UAE to benefit from the rapid and easy digital retrieval and verification of COVID-19 medical records, regardless of where in the UAE they had completed their vaccination, or COVID-19 PCR and antigen tests.
Customers who choose to authorize access to their COVID-19-related health information via the Alhosn app for travel purposes can rest assured that once check-in procedures are completed, information about their COVID-19 medical records will be immediately discarded from Emirates systems.