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Vietnam Airlines pioneers to roll out Covid-19 vaccine passports
The Saigon Times
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Vietnam Airlines pioneers to roll out Covid-19 vaccine passports

The Saigon Times

Passengers on a Vietnam Airlines flight. The air carrier is pioneering the rolling out of Covid-19 vaccine passports - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will be the pioneer airline in Vietnam to work with local and foreign agencies to study and pilot Covid-19 vaccine passports, said Dang Anh Tuan, head of the air carrier’s Corporate Communications Department.

Accordingly, the airline has worked with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to introduce the IATA Travel Pass, a global app which ensures the trustworthiness of passengers’ testing results and the safety and consistency of the information among Governments, testing facilities, airlines and passengers, the local media reported.

The app can be used on smartphones, providing users with the requirements on pandemic prevention and control in countries, the list of eligible testing labs, and passengers’ Covid-19 testing results and vaccination certificates. The app will also help provide the information to Governments and air carriers to facilitate their jobs.

To create health passports, passengers must integrate their personal information from their identity cards or passports and fill in the information of flights to learn about the requirements in destinations, Tuan added.

IATA general director Alexandre de Juniac said the launch of the IATA Travel Pass proves that technologies can help air passengers and Governments manage medical and tourism information safely, conveniently and effectively. This is an important foundation to resume international aviation activities.

The IATA Travel Pass has been assessed positively by the Governments of more than 70 countries and territories and is being piloted by over 20 airlines, including five-star ones such as Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.

At a recent meeting of the Government’s Standing Board, the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control and localities, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the relevant ministries and agencies to consider and study the resumption of international flights and to prepare well to launch the Covid-19 vaccine passport.

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