Qatar Airways has become the first airline in the Middle East to trial the IATA Travel Passport app.
Passengers will be the first to be invited to take part in the trial, which Qatar Airways says will offer “a more safe, secure and contactless experience for travellers”.
The IATA Travel Pass app enables passengers to receive COVID-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey through an ‘OK to Travel’ status.
Earlier this month Singapore Airlines announced plans to trial the app on its London route, and several carriers have signed up for trials in the coming weeks and months, including Air Baltic, Malaysia Airlines, Rwandair and Air New Zealand. Moreover, Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad are also set to launch trials in the coming weeks.
In partnership with the World Health Organisation, IATA is also engaged in helping to define a standardised vaccine certificate that will be necessary for the opening of borders and significant increase of global travel.