Air New Zealand to trial IATA's digital Travel Pass app on Auckland-Sydney route in April


Air New Zealand has confirmed that it will trial IATA's digital Travel Pass app on its Auckland-Sydney route in April.

The trial will run for three weeks once the app hits app/android store shelves in April and both aircrew and customers will be invited to join the trial.

"Once borders reopen, travel is going to look very different, with customers' health data needing to be verified at check-in," said Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer, Jennifer Sepull. "It's essentially like having a digital health certificate that can be easily and securely shared with airlines. This will give customers peace of mind that they meet all travel requirements for the different countries around the world before they even get to the airport."

Customers will be able to create a digital health wallet linked to their e-passport. Once travelers have been tested and/or vaccinated, labs will securely send data to the individual's app. It then checks requirements for travel against the data and customers who meet those travel requirements will be given the green tick to travel.

IATA's Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, Nick Careen, said, "Air New Zealand's trial of IATA Travel Pass will help give governments the confidence to re-open borders and passengers the confidence to travel. The app has been developed with the highest levels of data privacy and security, so passengers always remain in control of their COVID19 health information. And governments can be confident that passengers who are "OK to Travel" are in full compliance of COVID19 travel requirements."

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