Etihad Airways (EY ETD), the UAE national airline, has begun trialling International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass on flights from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Chicago, New York and Washington in the US and Toronto, Canada.

From now until 31 May, passengers can use the IATA Travel Pass application to easily manage their travel health credentials.

IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform for passengers that includes four open-sourced and interoperable modules. This provides information regarding the travel, testing and vaccine requirements for their journey.

Guests participating in the trial must download the IATA Travel Pass app and book an appointment with Life Diagnostics at Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street or BioGenix Labs at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

They should inform the clinic that they are participating in the IATA Travel Pass trial and should present their passport and mobile device with the downloaded IATA Travel Pass app.

When the test result is ready, passengers will be able to check it on the IATA Travel Pass app and through the testing clinic’s own digital platform.

The IATA Travel Pass will act as a ‘digital passport’ to receive Covid-19 test results and verify whether passengers are eligible to travel.

It will keep the passengers’ data safe and allows them to share their test reports with airlines and authorities for travel.

IATA Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security senior vice-president Nick Careen said: “Etihad Airways trial of IATA Travel Pass will help build confidence among governments and travellers that digital health apps can safely, securely and conveniently help restart aviation.

“The app gives travellers a one-stop-shop to help them comply with the new rules for travel and for governments complete assurance in the identity of the passenger and the authenticity of the travel credentials being presented.”