Country for PR: China
Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Tuesday, March 30 2021 - 23:09
Hong Kong Airlines to trial 'Travel Pass' in support of travel recovery
HONG KONG, March 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Hong Kong Airlines will trial a digital health passport as part of the 
carrier's ongoing contributions towards the safe reopening of borders and 
international travel. Developed by the International Air Transport Association 
(IATA), a globally-recognised trade organisation and advocate for airlines, 
Travel Pass will provide travellers with easy access to COVID-19 entry 
requirements for their destination and accredited testing centres at their 
point of departure. The app also enables passengers to link their COVID-19 test 
results to a digital version of their passport created through the app.

Under this trial, Hong Kong Airlines will work closely with IATA to test its 
Lab App, a key module in Travel Pass. Passengers on a selected route will be 
invited to participate by first downloading the app and creating a digital 
profile before selecting a participating medical service provider for testing. 
A secure, encrypted channel will then enable the registered laboratory to 
verify the passenger's identity and directly send the outcome of the COVID-19 
test, or proof of vaccination to the traveller's mobile device. This will be 
checked against IATA's global registry of COVID-19 health requirements, a 
system used by the majority of airlines and airports globally, to ensure 
regulatory requirements are complied, before the passenger receives an "OK to 

Hong Kong Airlines Director of Service Delivery Mr Chris Birt applauds the 
customer-oriented digital initiative from IATA, which will help both travellers 
and airlines manage verifiable health credentials for future travel. 

"Hong Kong Airlines has been working hard to make travel safe for our 
customers. We welcome the opportunity to contribute our inputs into the 
development of Travel Pass and will continue to support IATA's efforts in 
leading the recovery of international travel. Given the constantly changing 
environment of the current pandemic and frequent modification of border 
restrictions by governments, Travel Pass is undoubtedly the best go-to app for 
passengers to access the most updated travel information, ensure they comply 
with the latest entry requirements and allow them to manage their digital 
health documents in a safe and secure way," he added. 

"Restarting international aviation safely has been at the forefront of IATA's 
Travel Pass initiative. We are proud to partner Hong Kong Airlines to trial the 
app and demonstrate that this technology can securely, conveniently and 
efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials," said Nick Careen, 
IATA's Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo, Security.

The Airport Authority of Hong Kong and the Office of the Government Chief 
Information Officer are observers to the trial with Hong Kong Airlines.

Safe Travels with Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines is committed to delivering the highest level of safety and 
customer service standards. Preventive measures that are currently in place not 
only comply with regulatory requirements, but align with industry 
recommendations. Learn more here( ).

Hong Kong has recently announced the easing of quarantine requirements for 
inbound travellers. The 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a designated hotel, 
followed by a week of self-monitoring will apply to travellers arriving from 
low-risk places as well as those arriving from medium-risk places and have been 
vaccinated. The government is also in discussions with 16 countries on allowing 
people who have been vaccinated to travel.

To ensure everyone is adequately protected at all times, Hong Kong Airlines 
crew are regularly tested and have signed up for vaccination in the city's 
inoculation drive. In addition to COVID-19 testing, passengers are also 
encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to meet entry requirements for 
travel in the foreseeable future.

SOURCE  Hong Kong Airlines

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