If there's one thing that Malaysians miss most about travelling, it's the experience of boarding a flight to our favourite travel destination. While Malaysia is still persevering through the pandemic, here's a glimmer of hope that international travel may be a possibility in the near future as we continue our battle against COVID-19 in Malaysia.
According to Bernama
, Malaysia Airlines is among the world's first airlines to trial the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Pass, a secure mobile app that allows travellers to store and manage verified certifications required for their future travels including COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. Malaysia Airlines will conduct the trial run from 29 April to 27 May 2021 for flights between Kuala Lumpur and London. However, the app is only available for iOS users.
In March 2021, Singapore Airlines was the world's first airline to trial the IATA Travel Pass
. Other global airlines that are trialing the app include Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Japan Airlines.
Credit: IATA on Facebook
On top of the IATA Travel Pass trial run, Malaysia Airlines will also be introducing their very own Digital Travel Health Pass, which will incorporate some modules from the IATA Travel Pass. The Digital Travel Health Pass will be integrated with the Malaysia Airlines mobile app and will include several features such as:
- Creating a digital passport
- Verifying COVID-19 test, vaccination requirements and status
- Sharing the passenger's 'OK to Travel' status with the relevant authorities
- Storing the passenger's COVID-19 vaccination certificate
- Making appointments with certified medical partners to carry out COVID-19 RT-PCR test
“We are excited to make history together with IATA, and help reopen travel nationally and worldwide. Part of our promise to ensure passengers can Fly Confidently, the Digital Travel Health Pass will open the way for us to take the brave next step into the world in a post-pandemic time, instilling confidence in our passengers and providing access to an easy-to-navigate way to prepare for their upcoming travels," shared Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Aviation Group in a statement.
While our travel plans may be taking a back seat for now, the introduction of IATA Travel Pass and Malaysia Airlines' Digital Travel Health Pass will be a positive way forward as we continue to stay optimistic about the future of aviation in Malaysia and the rest of the world.