QANTAS WILL WORK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) ON A DIGITAL HEALTH PASS. OTHER AIRLINES ALSO ON BOARD

  • WRITTEN BY Brent McCunn
  • DATE August 2, 2021
Before we all get to travel the Trans Siberian we have to get to and back from Russia.  Most of us will need to use an airline. To get on most airlines and eventually through most countries immigration you will need to have a Vaccine Passport in addition to all the other normal documents. There have been some advances with the new Electronic Travel Vaccine Passport. It looks like the IATA designed version will be the leader. It is all good to focus on when borders open and flights become near normal again, but this important piece of electronic paperwork will be the key to actually flying and entering a country.
 
The decision to proceed with IATA follows trials of several digital solutions on Qantas’ international repatriation flights in recent months.
 

According to Qantas, ‘the IATA Travel Pass will allow travellers to have their COVID test results and vaccine information verified securely, which will be their green light to fly internationally with us’.The IATA Travel Pass also offers a convenient and secure method for customers to verify COVID test results and vaccination information with border or health officials.  The app connects customers to certified testing labs so that results can be uploaded to the platform, and customers can show they have a vaccine certificate and/or proof of a negative COVID test result before their flight.  Importantly, the IATA Travel Pass matches a customer’s health information against a specific flight, checks the entry requirements for the country they are travelling to and provides clearance to travel on that flight, to both the customer and airline.

Final development work is now underway to ensure the app is ready for use on Qantas and Jetstar international flights when they resume.
 
The announcement follows the federal government’s release of its four-phase national COVID-19 response plan earlier this month, which includes validating the vaccination status of Aussies returning from overseas. Many countries where Qantas and Jetstar fly to, including the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, have announced requirements of either a proof of vaccine or negative COVID test result to enter without quarantine.  Read more here.