Launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IATA Travel Pass is a personal secure digital wallet solution that can be used by passengers to obtain and store their coronavirus (Covid-19) test results from accredited laboratories.
As announced by Gulf Air, passengers holding a biometric passport and flying to Athens, London and Singapore will be able to trial the app which will help them easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.
Gulf Air passengers will be able to create a ‘digital passport’ allowing them to match their travel itineraries with the COVID-19 health requirements of their destination country, and validate compliance.
Passengers flying directly from Bahrain to London, Athens and Singapore will be notified with instructions on how to sign up to be part of the trial.
According to Gulf Air, economy class passengers will receive access to the Gulf Air Falcon Gold check-in area and Falcon Gold Lounge at Bahrain International Airport while passengers in Falcon Gold cabin will receive free WiFi on board their flights as a token of appreciation for their participation.
Bahrain is one of the first governments to participate in a trial of the IATA Travel Pass with its national carrier to help pave the way for the re-establishment of global connectivity while managing the risks of COVID-19.
IATA has authorized American Mission Hospital, Bahrain Specialist Hospital, Royal Bahrain Hospital and Royal Hospital for Woman and Children to securely send the test results to passengers via the app. The IATA Travel Pass app will have an integrated registry of travel requirements to enable passengers to find accurate information on travel and entry requirements for all destinations regardless of their itinerary.
Eventually it will also include a registry of labs — making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination.
Being one of the few airlines that never stopped flying in 2020, Gulf Air continuously works closely with government authorities across its network to resume operations as demand for travel grows.
Gold Star Aviation is the GSA (General Sales Agent) of Gulf Air for Greece.