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IATA Travel Pass Debuts for Ethiopian Flights to Dulles

Passengers flying Ethiopian Airlines into Dulles International Airport are part of a trial of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app designed to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications for Coronavirus.  The trial of the IATA Travel Pass, which helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travelers, began Sunday.

As international travel restarts, passengers need accurate COVID-19-related information, such as testing and vaccine requirements that vary among countries.  The IATA Travel Pass initiative helps ensure the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries.

The Travel Pass will help create a digital passport; receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their route; and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.  The digital travel app will also avoid fraudulent documentation and make air travel more convenient. 

Ethiopian Airlines has gone digital in all of its operations to avoid physical contact and to combat the spread of the pandemic. 

Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Digital technology is vital to solve many of the problems that arise from the pandemic.  We are glad that we are offering new digital opportunities to our passengers so as to fully and safely restart air travel.  Our customers will enjoy efficient, contactless and safer travel experience with their travel pass digital passport.  As a safety first airline, we have become the first African airline to trail IATA’s travel pass initiative to facilitate travel. The new initiative will increase travelers’ confidence in travel, encourages governments to reopen their borders and expedites industry restart.’’

Nick Careen, IATA senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, said, “The trial will help build confidence among governments and travelers that digital health apps can safely, securely and conveniently help restart aviation.  The app gives travelers a one-stop-shop to help them comply with the new rules for travel and, for governments, complete assurance in the identity of the passenger and the authenticity of the travel credentials being presented.”