- Chidozie Uzoezie
Ethiopian Becomes First African Airline to Trial IATA Travel Pass
Ethiopian Airlines has become the first African airline to conduct a trial of IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app to enhance efficiency in testing or vaccine verifications.
As travel restarts, travelers need accurate COVID-19-related information like testing and vaccine requirements which vary among countries.
The IATA Travel Pass initiative helps verify the authenticity of test information presented by travelers which is essential for ensuring the safety of passengers while complying with entry requirements of countries.
The trial will be conducted on flights out of Addis Ababa to Washington DC and Toronto as well as on flights out of London and Toronto to Addis Ababa, effective 25 April 2021.
Ethiopian has gone digital in all of its operations to avoid physical contact and combat the spread of the pandemic and now, embarks on this initiative which will allow passengers to relish unparalleled flight experience.
The Travel Pass will help create a digital passport, receive test and vaccination certificates and verify that they are sufficient for their route, and share testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.
The digital travel app will also avoid fraudulent documentation and make air travel more convenient.