In April, RwandAir will become the first African airline to trial Iata’s Travel Pass, to enable safe international travel.
Developed by Iata, the digital Iata Travel Pass platform is designed to be incorporated into airlines' own apps, allowing air travellers to easily understand what they need before they fly.
The Pass also helps passengers to verify that they comply with international COVID-19 test or vaccine travel requirements. This, in in turn, gives governments the confidence to reopen borders knowing that arriving passengers are fully compliant with any testing or vaccination requirement.
RwandAir will begin its three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi. Participating passengers will receive a ‘digital passport’ which verifies that their pre-travel COVID-19 test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination they are travelling to. They will also be able to safely and securely share their test and vaccination certificates with participating authorities and airlines around the world.
Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO of RwandAir, said: “RwandAir is proud to be the first African airline to trial the Iata Travel Pass, which could reinforce all the health and safety measures and protocols that we have put in place to restore customer confidence to fly once more.”
Iata Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, added: “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.”