Dubai: Saudi Arabia will use the International Air Transport Association (IATA) travel pass to confirm pre-departure COVID-19 test results for departing and arriving passengers from September 30.
Ultimately, this acceptance will be extended to vaccine certification, IATA said in a statement.
Travel Pass is a personal secure digital wallet solution that helps travelers understand travel requirements and present their verified travel health credentials (vaccine or test certificates) to meet COVID-entry restrictions. 19. More than 80 airlines have announced trials of the IATA Travel Pass and the app is accepted for entry by a number of governments, including Singapore and Panama.
Travelers to and from Saudi Arabia will have the choice of using the Travel Pass or Tawakkalna, the country’s national health app, owned and developed by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). The country’s flagship carrier, Saudia, has been a test partner in the development of the Travel Pass.
“Work is progressing with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA) and Tawakkalna to make the IATA Travel Pass a vehicle for pre-arrival customs clearance for Saudi Arabia,” IATA said.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s acceptance of the IATA Travel Pass will demonstrate how digital solutions can effectively manage both COVID-19 vaccines and test certificates,” said Willie Walsh, CEO of the IATA.
Travelers to Saudi Arabia who intend to use the digital platform should check with the airline they are traveling with for eligibility to use the Travel Pass.
“We are committed to fostering the adoption of digital health certificates and restoring international air travel,” said Abdulaziz Al Duailej, chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA).