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Qantas and IATA to launch digital health pass once travel resumes
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  • Qantas confirms it will work with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to roll out a digital health pass once regular flights resume
  • The travel pass will allow passengers to securely store and present COVID-19 vaccination proof as well as the results of pre-departure COVID tests
  • The pass will also be used to check the passenger's health information and check the entry requirements for the country they are travelling to
  • Many of the countries that Qantas and Jetstar fly to are requiring either proof of vaccination or negative COVID results before entering the country
  • Final development is now underway to ensure the pass is ready for use once international Qantas and Jetstar flights resume

Qantas has confirmed it will work with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to roll out a digital health pass once regular flights resume.

The travel pass will allow passengers to securely store and present COVID-19 vaccination proof as well as the results of pre-departure COVID tests.

The pass will also be used to check the passenger's health information and check the entry requirements for the country they are travelling to.

Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully hopes this pass will get flights back up and running.

"We want to get our international flights back in the air and our people back to work and a digital health pass will be a key part of that," Ms Tully said.

"A digital health pass will connect customers with COVID testing facilities, health authorities and airlines, and ultimately enable the opening of more travel bubbles and borders.

"The IATA Travel Pass will allow travellers to have their COVID test results and vaccine information verified securely, which will be their green light to fly internationally with us."

Many of the countries that Qantas and Jetstar fly to — including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom — are requiring either proof of vaccination or negative COVID results before entering the country.

The rollout of the pass also follows the Federal Government's four-phase COVID-19 response plan which includes verifying the vaccination status of Australians returning home.

"Many governments are already requiring proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test result for international travel," Ms Tully continued.

"We're working closely with IATA to develop their Travel Pass to make the process as seamless as possible for Qantas and Jetstar customers as international borders start to re-open."

Final development is now underway to ensure the pass is ready for use once international Qantas and Jetstar flights resume.

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