Qatar Airways becomes the first airline to test the authentication of the COVID-19 vaccine via the IATA Travel Pass “Digital Passport” mobile application.
As more travelers return to the skies, the airline remains committed to reducing paperwork and delivering a more contactless, safer and smoother travel experience for its passengers.
The test will be rolled out in phases from July, initially starting with the return of cabin crew to Doha from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney. Cabin crew will be able to upload their Qatar-issued COVID-19 vaccination credentials as well as their COVID-19 test results to the IATA Travel Pass mobile app and verify that they are eligible to travel. Upon arrival in Doha, the crew can then safely share their vaccination certificate and proceed with immigration at the airport.
Managing Director of the Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said, “Despite the significant challenges that the pandemic has caused to 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 people. passengers. Qatar Airways is proud to lead the way by becoming the first airline to test COVID-19 vaccine authentication via the IATA Travel Pass “Digital Passport” mobile app. Special thanks to the Qatar Ministry of Public Health, the Interior Ministry, the Primary Health Care Corporation and the Hamad Medical Corporation, who without their continued support this trial would not be possible.
“We know that as more and more people start planning their return to their favorite vacation destinations, they will inevitably be faced with the challenge of making sure they have the right documents. By testing and supporting the development of new technologies, we aim to provide travelers with a tool that will help them cross borders seamlessly with greater confidence.
Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA said, “Qatar Airways and the Qatari government are showing leadership in becoming the first to test passenger vaccine credential verification through IATA Travel Pass. COVID-19 vaccination or test certificates will be essential in restoring people’s freedom to travel. Tests by Qatar Airways and some 70 other airlines have shown that the IATA Travel Pass can effectively handle test results. This important new trial focused on immunization status will further strengthen confidence in the IATA Travel Pass as a comprehensive solution for travelers, governments and airlines. “
As travelers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can be reassured to know that they are traveling with the only airline in the world which, with its state-of-the-art global hub, Hamad International Airport, has been awarded four 5-star stars. . Skytrax Ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Aviation Safety Rating, and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These achievements underscore Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing our passengers with a state-of-the-art experience at every stage of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the well-being of our passengers at the both on the ground and in the air.