Etihad Introduces IATA Travel Pass to Seven Cities

The app is now available on key routes between Abu Dhabi and Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.

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Following successful trials, Etihad Airways has expanded the IATA Travel Pass to flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network, as it seeks to streamline and simplify the travel experience in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new digital platform is available for guests on all Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Singapore. Etihad Airways was one of the first airlines globally to begin testing the IATA Travel Pass in April; the carrier said it had received positive feedback during the trial, with guests appreciating the app’s ease-of-use and data security.

In a statement, Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security, said, “Etihad’s decision to expand IATA Travel Pass based on positive customer feedback is a strong endorsement of the solution. IATA Travel pass was designed to provide a one-stop-shop solution for travelers to safely and efficiently manage their Covid-19 documentation and generate an ‘OK to Travel’ which airlines can trust. It’s great to see the app in use facilitating the restart of international travel.”

To access the IATA Travel Pass, guests simply need to download the IATA Travel Pass app for Android or iOS, where they can add their Etihad Airways travel itinerary, view their travel requirements, and securely share their PCR test results.

Users can upload their vaccination certificates to the platform, opening up opportunities for travel where vaccination is a requirement. At the moment, the app is able to accept EU Digital Covid Certificates issued by all 27 member states of the European Union plus Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein as well as vaccine certificates from Singapore and Qatar. As the global vaccination drive gathers pace, more and more travelers around the world will be able to upload their government-issued Covid-19 vaccine certificates to allow for more seamless travel.

The airline is continuing to work closely with IATA to progressively roll out the digital travel pass to more cities across its route network. More information about the app can be found here.

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