RwandAir will become the first African airline to trial a ‘digital passport’ developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines.
The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali, the Rwandan capital and Nairobi in Kenya.
The IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with COVID 19 test or vaccine travel requirements.
The pass is designed to be incorporated into airlines’ own apps, so travellers by air easily understand what they need before they fly.
Travellers will also be able to safely and securely share their test and vaccination certificates with participating authorities and airlines around the world to ensure smooth and seamless travel. Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, said:
IATA’s innovative solution simplifies and digitally transmits the information required by countries and governments around the world into our airline systems, in a secure and efficient manner.
Travel Pass will make it easy for our customers to resume flying – and just as easy for RwandAir, and airlines around the world, to accept them.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General and CEO, said:
RwandAir is showing its industry leadership in Africa by becoming the first airline on the continent to trial IATA Travel Pass.
RwandAir has long used IATA products as the most reliable source of information on entry requirements.
This trial will build on that history of working in partnership and takes us a step further in the context of COVID-19.
IATA Travel Pass will give governments the confidence to re-open their borders knowing that arriving passengers are in full compliance with any testing or vaccination requirements.
The trial app has a range of features, including a registry of testing centres and labs at the departure and/or arrival location which can conduct COVID-19 tests in accordance with the type of test required for the journey.