IATA has invested in a digital application that allows you to check travelers’ PCR tests or their vaccinations, and share this data with authorities and airlines.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced on Thursday that its anti-COVID-19 passport will be used in the Middle East “in the coming weeks.”
“IATA Travel Pass” is a digital health application that allows you to check travelers’ PCR tests (using saliva) or their vaccinations, and share this data with authorities and airlines.
“We have received very positive feedback about the IATA travel pass. It will be put into use with several operators in the Middle East in the coming weeks,” IATA executive director Willie Walsh said at a virtual press conference.
As the pandemic experienced a catastrophic year in 2020, during which they lost two-thirds of their customers, airlines are working hard to restart air travel by creating health passports.
There is currently no vaccine certification program that is accepted or universally recognized, but the IATA Pass has become popular among major Gulf airlines.
The region’s heavyweight airlines-Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways-became one of the first companies in the world to test IATA applications in January. Several other countries around are working hard to implement it.
At the same time, members of the European Parliament gave the green light to the European digital certificate covid on Wednesday to promote travel within the European Union this summer. Member states must implement it before July 1.