Emirates Airline and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will together implement digital verification of traveller medical records related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Offering or working towards a ‘Travel Pass’ for airlines requiring covid testing. A much-neeeded boost to the ailing global travel industry 2021.
The announcement comes as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – a global trade body representing more than 290 airlines – urges governments to adopt a global framework for COVID-19 testing and certification.
Under the deal, the two will link the IT systems of DHA-approved laboratories with Emirates’ reservations and check-in systems to enable the sharing, storing and verification of passenger health information related to COVID-19 infection, testing and vaccination.
IATA travel pass
New digital verification methods are all set to be tested out shortly by airlines and aviation authorities worldwide. A digitally-linked uniform system is necessary for IATA’s ‘Travel Pass’ initiative to succeed. It will allow passengers to have a ‘digital passport’ verified with all their pre-travel test or vaccination details to meet the requirements at their destination.
The project, which will commence immediately, will go live in the coming months. “It’s a natural step to combine our capabilities to implement digital verification of COVID-19 medical records, which will also enable contactless document verification at Dubai Airport,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, in a statement.
“Dubai will continue to lead the way in implementing effective and balanced approaches to contagion control while facilitating travel and air transport which are crucial to communities and economies.”
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is providing COVID-19 testing services at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for visitors said a high-level official. Dr Farida Al Khaja, CEO of Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector said that the DHA has provided this service for company representatives, exhibitors and exhibition-goers who participate in international conferences that are hosted at DWTC. A digital travel pass will be needed to travel around the UAE.
The DHA will also be able to share test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate smoother processing at the airports. Similarly, the aviation-focussed technology services firm SITA has launched ‘Health Protect’ – a platform that will help passengers, airlines as well as governments to share information on health tests or vaccinations needed ahead of the actual travel.