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Emirates' passengers from Dubai to Barcelona become first to trial COVID-19 Travel Pass

Dubai: Emirates airline has started trials of the COVID-19 'digital passport', an app to help passengers manage their travel in line with any government requirements for testing or vaccine information. Passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 trialled the Travel Pass to verify and share their pre-travel COVID-19 test status with Emirates.

The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travellers to manage COVID-19-related documentation digitally and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In future, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate ahead of their trip.

"The ability to process passengers' COVID-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward," said Adel Al Redha, Emirates' Chief Operating Officer, in a statement. "We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialling this initiative in real-time and soon will be launching other initiatives to further enhance our customer experience."

Select flights

The trial is being done on selected Emirates flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai, and will soon be expanded to include other routes. Eligible passengers are being invited to download the app and enrol for the digital travel pass ahead of their travels.

In Dubai, Emirates has partnered with select Prime Health Care labs, which are authorised to securely send test results to passengers via the app. Those travelling from the UK, can get their test done at select Screen4 labs.

The IATA Travel Pass app will have an integrated registry of travel requirements to enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of their itinerary. Eventually it will also include a registry of labs – making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.

The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary information.