If customers use this app, they can be sure that everyone on-board has met the same government health requirements they had.
Air New Zealand will begin an experimental period with a digital health passport. Flying with test results so that travellers have proof of their vaccination in a digital format has become more prevalent in air travel these days.
Starting in April, the airline will test the app developed by IATA (the International Air Transport Association), on flights between Auckland and Sydney. This trial is set to run for three weeks.
Jennifer Sepull, Air New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer mentioned in a statement that “After a customer gets tested or vaccinated, the lab will securely send data to that person’s app. It will then issue a green tick to customers who have met the travel requirements for their destination.”
It is not just Air New Zealand to be the only carrier to sign up for IATA’s travel pass. Emirates and Etihad Airways became the first airlines in the world to cooperate with them.
Several countries have also turned to vaccine passports as a way to restart the tourism business. Like how the Seychelles and Georgia are each welcoming fully vaccinated travellers.
While New Zealand and Australia have agreed to start a two-way travel bubble this travel pass will be used to ease travel between them. However, it’ll still take time for either nation to open to travellers from other countries.