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Covid-19 travel pass to pilot on Etihad and Emirates Airways flights

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A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.

The travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful. Emirates is going to implement phase 1 of the travel pass in April for flights departing from Dubai.

Recently, the IATA travel pass programme has been also tested in International Airlines Group and Singapore Airlines.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    It all sounds very positive, BUT, Just to be absolutely clear, # Is this a pass for passengers to travel to Thailand?, # Are there any further restrictions ie nationality, vaccine type, 1/2 shots, insurance etc? # And finally, are there other hoops that need to be jumped through? (before I start getting excited)

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      Stephen Westrip

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      Rasputin, reading the IATA website this is an international pass. It is up to airlines and countries to decide if and how they want to use it and what other entry rules they require.

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        Rasputin

        Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:29 pm

        I thought it sounded a bit too good to be true LOL, I hadn’t read the IATA website.

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Forgot to include the quarantine. It should have read, # Is this a pass for passengers to travel to Thailand WITHOUT QUARANTINE?

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    Ben

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    If in the future it’s determined that those vaccinated are not infectious then they’ll relent on the quarantine. This is what we all hope for and what all countries that want to open up their tourism hope for. If those vaccinated are still infectious then Thailand will open up without quarantine when most of their population is vaccinated.

    Regardless, I believe only vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter the kingdom. Those vaccinated will considerably lower their chances of becoming seriously ill from COVID sticking Thailand with the bill. They’ll probably still require travel insurance for any calamity that befalls any traveler.

    In the meantime it has to be worked out what kind of proof of vaccination will be required. Hopefully that’s sorted out before they open up the country.

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    Wayno

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Great step forward. This will become the norm i’m sure.
    It will possibly lead to the unvaxed facing quarantine everytime they cross a border.
    Time will tell

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      Andre

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:51 am

      A step forward? I think it is more a step back to about 1984. Maybe we should also ban old people over 50 from any international flights in general – old fragile people should not be moving around.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    The original report, from Bloomberg News, that “the travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful …” is VERY misleading, at best.

    NO “destinations” have so far accepted the IATA pass. NONE.

    All it has been accepted for so far is for “selected flights FROM Abu Dhabi”, to allow you to get on the plane without showing other proof of a recent negative Covid test. NOTHING ELSE.

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