NewsApril 19, 2021

Emirates Begins IATA Travel Pass Trials

Emirates has become the latest airline to carry out trials of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health passport created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Passengers flying from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 on April 15 were the first to trial the digital passport. The airline will continue to trial the pass on selected flights from Dubai to Barcelona, as well as from London Heathrow to Dubai, with plans to roll it out to include other routes soon.


Eligible passengers are invited to download the app and enroll for the pass before they travel. Emirates has partnered with select Prime Health Care labs in Dubai, while those travelling from the UK can get their test done at select Screen4 labs – the labs will securely send test results to passengers via the app.

The IATA Travel Pass app enables passengers to receive COVID-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey through an ‘OK to Travel’ status. The digital health verification app has been under development since last year, and over 20 airlines have signed up for trials in the coming weeks and months.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer said: “The ability to process passengers’ COVID-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward. We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialing this initiative in real time and soon will be launching other initiatives to further enhance our customer experience.”

The IATA Travel Pass app will have an integrated registry of travel requirements to enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of their itinerary. Eventually it will also include a registry of labs – making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.