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RwandAir Becomes First African Airline to Trial IATA Travel Pass

To enable safe and seamless international travel for its passengers, RwandAir is set to become the first African airline to trial the new and innovative IATA Travel Pass.

The East African airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi in Kenya.

IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with COVID 19 test or vaccine travel requirements, in turn giving governments the confidence to reopen borders.

Developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, the platform is designed to be incorporated into airlines’ own apps, so travellers by air easily understand what they need before they fly.

According to Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, the IATA Travel Pass will reinforce all the health and safety measures and protocols the airline has already put in place to restore customer confidence to fly once more.

IATA Travel Pass solution simplifies and digitally transmits the information required by countries and governments around the world into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner.

Travel Pass will make it easy for RwandAir customers to resume flying – and just as easy for RwandAir, and airlines around the world, to accept them.

RwandAir customers participating in the trial will create a ‘digital passport’ which verifies that their pre-travel COVID-19 test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination they are travelling to.

They will also be able to safely and securely share their test and vaccination certificates with participating authorities and airlines around the world to ensure smooth and seamless travel.

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