DOHA, Qatar: Qatar Airways takes the lead role as the first airline to trial Covid-19 vaccine authentication through the IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App.

Airlines are trialling the IATA Travel Pass to streamline
the process for travellers to reduce paperwork and provide a more contactless,
secure and seamless travel experience.

The trial will be rolled out in phases from July, beginning
initially with cabin crew returning to Doha travelling from Kuwait, London, Los
Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney.

Cabin crew will be able to upload their Qatar issued
Covid-19 vaccination credentials along with their Covidd-19 test results to the
IATA Travel Pass Mobile App and verify they are eligible to travel.

On arrival in Doha, the crew will then be able to safely and
securely share their vaccination certificate and proceed through immigration at
the airport.

IATA’s director-general said: “Qatar Airways and the Qatari
Government are showing leadership by becoming the first to trial the
verification of passengers’ vaccine credentials through IATA Travel Pass.
Certificates of Covid-19 vaccination or testing status will be key to restoring
people’s freedom to travel.

“Trials by Qatar Airways and some 70 other airlines have
demonstrated that IATA Travel Pass can efficiently manage test results. This
important new trial focusing on vaccination status will build even more
confidence in IATA Travel Pass as a complete solution for travellers,
governments and airlines.”

Travellers are asking for a single solution to verify their
Covid-19 testing and vaccination status that will be accepted by governments
and airlines worldwide.