Vietnam Airlines has signed an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to test the IATA Travel Pass, a type of electronic health passport application.
Vietnam Airlines is the first air carrier in Vietnam to sign an electronic health passport agreement. This is considered a key to opening the border, creating favorable conditions for passengers to travel between countries, and at the same time meeting all entry requirements of the authorities at the destination.
IATA will support and coordinate closely with Vietnam Airlines throughout the trial period.
A Vietnam Airlines representative said that IATA and Vietnam Airlines will start trialing the IATA Travel Pass this June. Some passengers will be selected to download the IATA Travel Pass application for free on their mobile phones, create a digital personal profile including photos and passport information, and fill in flight information to be updated with epidemiological demand at the point of arrival.
Before departure, passengers must book an appointment and make a Covid-19 test or vaccination at a facility designated by the host country that is registered with IATA, and then share the results electronically and confirm flight status with the airline before commencing the journey.
According to Vietnam Airlines, the application helps air carriers and authorities check the validity of certificates and easily identify passengers. All personal information is confidential and is only shared with the passenger's permission.
IATA Travel Pass integrates leading digital solutions such as contactless travel, biometric data, and electronic health certificates such as Covid-19 test results and Covid-19 vaccination. It is especially convenient and effective as it can replace the current paper procedures.
Vietnam Airlines General Director Le Hong Ha said that the trial of IATA Travel Pass will create a big step forward for the airline's passengers and for the domestic aviation industry.
According to Ha, electronic health passport solutions such as the IATA Travel Pass should be widely allowed and recognized by governments to help quickly restore international passenger transport. The most important goal is to restore passenger confidence when traveling and ensure a safe and uncorrupted travel experience for all.
Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President of Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security Operations, said: “We are proud to welcome Vietnam Airlines as the first airline in Vietnam to apply the IATA Travel Pass. This is a solution to facilitate international travel during the pandemic, providing peace of mind, and ensuring that passengers meet all Covid-19 requirements upon entry."
Vietnam is considering piloting vaccine passports at tourist sites and some golf courses, according to Dr. Dang Quang Tan, director of the Preventive Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health.
Although “vaccine passports” are yet to become official, airlines are nonetheless preparing for the resumption of international flights based on their introduction.