Qatar Airways first airline to integrate vaccination certificates in IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App

Qatar Airways first airline to integrate vaccination certificates in IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App

By QLNews

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication via the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App, setting yet another benchmark for innovation, safety and customer service.

With more people traveling now, the airline remains committed to reducing paperwork and providing a more contactless, secure and seamless travel experience for its passengers.

The trial will be activated in phases starting July. It will start with cabin crew returning to Doha traveling from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney. Cabin crew will be able to upload their Qatar-issued COVID-19 vaccination credentials along with their COVID-19 test results to the IATA Travel Pass Mobile App and verify they are eligible to travel.

On arrival in Doha, the crew will then be able to safely and securely share their vaccination certificate and proceed through immigration at the airport.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker commented, “Despite the significant challenges the pandemic has caused international aviation, our industry has continued to be a leader in adopting new technologies and innovations to ensure a safe, secure and seamless travel experience for our passengers.

“Qatar Airways is proud to lead the way by becoming the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App. I want to especially thank Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Interior, Primary Health Care Corporation and Hamad Medical Corporation, whom without their ongoing support, this trial would not be possible.”

He added that the airline recognizes that with more people now making plans to return to their favorite holiday destinations, “they will inevitably face the challenge of ensuring they have the right paperwork.”

By trying out and backing the development of new technologies, “we aim to provide travelers with a tool that will support them to seamlessly travel across borders with greater confidence,” he said.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said, “Qatar Airways and the Qatari Government are showing leadership by becoming the first to trial the verification of passengers’ vaccine credentials through IATA Travel Pass.

“Certificates of COVID-19 vaccination or testing status will be key to restoring people’s freedom to travel. Trials by Qatar Airways and some 70 other airlines have demonstrated that IATA Travel Pass can efficiently manage test results.

“This important new trial focusing on vaccination status will build even more confidence in IATA Travel Pass as a complete solution for travelers, governments and airlines.”

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