DOHA, Qatar, 28 January 2021: Qatar Airways will begin
trialling the new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, in
partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), starting
this March 2021.
It plans to become the first airline to offer the travel
pass in the Middle East and says the trial will play an important role to
ensure a more contactless, secure and seamless travel experience.
The first phase of trials of the ‘Digital Passport’ will be
rolled out on the airline’s Doha to Istanbul route, enabling passengers to
receive Covid-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their
journey. It will also allow travellers to safely and securely share their
verified ‘OK to Travel’ status with the airline and other stakeholders, even
before they arrive at the airport.
IATA Travel Pass will also provide up-to-date information on
Covid-19 health regulations helping travellers to ensure they meet the latest
government entry requirements of their destination country.
Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said:
“With the robust Covid-19 safety programme in existence within the global
aviation community, we are focused on ensuring that Qatar Airways will become
the first airline in the Middle East to begin trialling the ground-breaking
The IATA Travel Pass effectively acts as a ‘digital
passport’ for travellers and is the latest tool in the fight against the spread
IATA director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac said: “
The IATA Travel Pass will verify testing or vaccination credentials of
travellers, which is the key to unlocking travel without quarantine measures.
The Qatar Airways digital passport trial will help us build confidence among
governments and travellers that IATA Travel Pass can securely and conveniently
link traveller identities with their digital travel credentials.
“It will also help us prove that ICAO’s global standards for
digital passports work. And it will highlight the need for governments to
accelerate their work with industry to develop global standards for health
certificates—a critical enabler to safely re-connecting the world.”
Qatar Airways currently operates more than 800 weekly
flights to over 120 destinations across the globe. By the end of March, Qatar
Airways plans to rebuild its network to 130 destinations.