Emirates has become one of the first airlines to trail a new travel pass which will require passengers to have had a vaccine or have a recent negative Covid-19 test.
The IATA Travel Pass is a ‘digital passport‘ which will allow passengers to share their travel test or vaccination result with their destination.
Emirates are due to roll the first phase of the travel pass in April including using the app to validate all Covid-19 PCR tests before departure. Once you upload your results, it will then be shared with the airline check-in system and local authorities.
Adel Al Redha Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer said: “While international travel remains as safe as ever, there are new protocols and travel requirements with the current global pandemic. We have worked with IATA on this innovative solution to simplify and digitally transmit the information that is required by countries and governments into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner. We are proud to be one of the first airlines in the world to pilot this initiative, which will provide an enhanced customer experience and conveniently facilitate our customers’ travel needs.”
The app will also let users check what travel restrictions and requirements are needed for their destination. And you can also use the app to find testing and vaccination centres.
Emirates suspends flights to Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong
Emirates has suspended flights to three major cities in Australia as well as to South Africa and Hong Kong due to ‘operational concerns.’
Emirates announced at the weekend they would stop flying to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane until further notice.
“Due to operational reasons, Emirates flights to/from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne will be suspended until further notice.” They are still flying to Australia, with twice-weekly flights to Perth on offer.
The Australian Government has halved the number of international arrivals into the country to help control the spread the Covid. And the news will come as a big blow to any Australian expats stuck in the UAE and around the world eager to get home.
Alongside this, Emirates announced they were halting flights to South Africa until January 28 and Hong Kong until January 22.