Air Baltic has joined a growing number of carriers in announcing a trial of the IATA Travel Pass digital health passport.
During the three-week trial, customers on the Latvian airline’s Riga-Amsterdam and Riga-Oslo routes will be asked to use the app to receive Covid-19 test results and verify that they are eligible for undertake their journey via an “OK to Travel”. status.
Over the past few weeks, carriers, including Malaysia Airlines, Rwandans and Air New Zealand have all announced IATA Travel Pass trials.
Three of the Gulf’s largest airlines are also expected to conduct trialsand BA’s parent company, IAG, worked with IATA on program development.
IAG is working with IATA on its new Travel Pass
“Testing is the immediate solution to reopening borders safely and reconnecting people,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional vice president for Europe.
“And eventually, this is likely to move on to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system for managing Covid-19 testing or vaccination information is essential. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that travelers and governments can trust. And it’s built with data security, convenience, and verification as top priorities.
“We are proud to work with Air Baltic and the Latvian government to introduce IATA Travel Pass. This is an important step to enable international travel during the pandemic, giving travelers confidence that they meet all Covid-19 entry requirements.
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