Qatar Airways continues to set the highest standards of innovation, safety and customer service, having become the first airline in the world to pilot the documentation of the COVID-19 vaccine through the IATA e-passport for mobile phones. As more travelers resume their flights, Qatar Airways will continue its commitment to reducing paperwork and providing a contactless, safer and smoother travel experience for all its passengers.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar will begin this experiment in several stages, starting in July, as this experiment will be applied to members of the hospitality crew returning to Doha from London, New York, Los Angeles, Kuwait, Paris and Sydney. Hospitality crew members will be able to upload documents proving that they have received the COVID-19 vaccination issued by the State of Qatar, along with the results of the COVID-19 test; To the digital passport application to verify their eligibility to travel. Upon arrival in Doha, the hospitality crew members will be able to present the vaccination certificate to the health authorities and the passport office at the airport.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Despite the great challenges caused by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which cast a shadow on international aviation; However, this sector has continued to maintain its leading position in adopting modern technologies and innovations to ensure the provision of the safest, safest and most comfortable travel experience for travelers. Qatar Airways is proud to be the first airline to pilot the documentation of the COVID-19 vaccine through the IATA electronic document “Digital Passport”. I would like to especially thank the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, the Ministry of Interior, the Primary Health Care Corporation, and Hamad Medical Corporation, whose experience would not have been possible without their continued support.”
His Excellency Mr. Al Baker added: “We realize that with the increasing number of people wishing to travel to their preferred destinations, they will inevitably face the challenge of carrying the necessary documents with them. By experimenting and supporting modern technology, we at Qatar Airways demonstrate our commitment to enabling travelers to enjoy a seamless and comfortable travel experience.”
Willie Walsh, IATA Director General, said: “Qatar Airways and the Qatari government have confirmed their keenness to achieve leadership after Qatar Airways became the first airline in the world to verify travel documents through a digital passport. COVID-19 vaccine or test certificates will be essential to restore people’s freedom to travel. Experiments conducted by Qatar Airways and nearly 70 other airlines have demonstrated the ability of the digital passport to manage test results efficiently and easily. This new and important experience will contribute to building more confidence in the digital passport as an integrated solution for travelers, governments and airlines.”
Passengers with Qatar Airways have the opportunity to enjoy a travel experience of comfort and reassurance, after it became the only global airline to obtain with its headquarters Hamad International Airport four 5-star ratings from Skytrax – 5-star rating for the airline, and 5-star rating for the airport. 5-star rating in auditing COVID-19 safety measures at the airline level, and 5-star rating in auditing COVID-19 safety measures at airport level. These accomplishments underscore Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing the best possible experience for passengers at all stages of their journey, including implementing health and safety measures that are held to the highest possible standards, both on the ground and in the air.