The Travel Pass allows users to create a ‘digital passport’ to receive Covid-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey.
More importantly, IATA Travel Pass will keep passengers in control of their data and facilitate sharing of their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.
Passengers participating in the Travel Pass pilot will benefit from priority queue access at Life Diagnostics and Biogenix Labs for their PCR test. The passengers would also benefit from faster check-in at the airport and a free 90MB Wi-Fi voucher to use in-flight.
Guest who do not wish to participate in the trial can continue to follow the existing method of sharing PCR test results with Etihad by presenting a printed copy of their results at check-in.
To participate in the trial, passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to Chicago, New York, Washington and Toronto, must download the IATA Travel Pass app.
They have to book an appointment with Life Diagnostics at Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street or BioGenix Labs at Masdar City.
At the clinic, guests should inform the reception they are participating in the Travel Pass trial and should present their passport and mobile device with the app downloaded on it. Once the test result is ready, travellers will be able to view it on both the IATA Travel Pass app and through the testing clinic’s own digital platform.
“Etihad has partnered with IATA so that together, a globally unified approach to a Travel Pass can be simplified to make travel easier once governments decide what regulations are required to cross borders in either direction,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, COO at Etihad Aviation Group.
Another UAE carrier, Dubai-based Emirates too commenced trials of the Travel Pass on select flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai.
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