Dubai-aites Can Now Use Emirates ID As Proof Of PCR Test & Vaccine Status During Check-In

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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UAE-ites who are travelling out of the country can now provide Emirates ID at the airport, to provide proof of a PCR test and vaccine status. Emirates Airline has now signed a deal with the Dubai Health Authority and that means, Dubai-aites no longer need to present a physical proof of the PCR test or the vaccine card. The system was unveiled to delegates on the first day of Arab Health, a major exhibition running this week in Dubai.

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How Does This Work?

Passengers travelling outside the UAE just need to insert their Emirates ID into a card reader when they arrive at the check in desk. The new move is expected to speed up processed at DXB, as thousands of families prepare to travel abroad this summer.

Speaking about the new initiative, Adel Al Redha, chief operating officer at Emirates Airline said: “Our partnership with the Dubai Health Authority in managing passenger travel is unique and is a first step towards other initiatives that will be launched in the near future.”

Emirates Airline and Dubai Health Authority also plan a full digital verification of Covid-19 medical records. While the system is not compulsory, it will certainly speed up the check-in protocols for travellers. Besides, Emirates assures users that it will only pick information related to Covid-19 entry requirements and the customer’s destination, and not their wider health records. Once check-in is completed, information about the passenger’s medical records will be discarded from the airline’s system.

A travel pass developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now makes air travel sound and safe. The pass will be used by Emirates, Etihad Airways, Saudia and Gulf Air on select routes and will help patrons manage their travel with relevant government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information. This digital passport will let them verify their pre-travel test or vaccination needs keeping their outbound location in mind. The app will also allow the passengers to share their test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to aid travel.

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Emirates Wins ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ Award For The 8Th Consecutive Time

Emirates has been voted ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ for the eighth consecutive time by the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2021. The airline also took home accolades for ‘Airline with the Best First Class’, and ‘Airline with Best Economy Class’. Here’s are the parameters in which Emirates stood out, bagging the big win!

Emirates was lauded for offering a safe customer journey during the pandemic. The airline has also doubled down on its digital approach to modernise the air travel experience by fully launching and scaling up its biometric path and touchless check-in, providing further assurance and meeting the evolving expectations of customers for a safer, contactless travel experience. Emirates has over 33 biometric checkpoints and close to 50 touchless kiosks across Dubai International Airport.

In addition, the airline has also collaborated with bodies and government authorities to standardise Covid-19 related medical documentation like vaccine records and PCR test results. Emirates began trialling the IATA Travel Pass in April, and will be fully rolling it out to all flights by the end of May.

The airline has also tied up with the Dubai Health Authority for digital verification of Covid-19 related medical records, further supporting a seamless, paperless experience for customers at check-in.

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  • Research, science labs and of course nerdy glasses – that’s what my life was all about until I finally woke up to realise how much I loved food, travel and telling tales. A chai addict, a moody writer and mother to a smallie, my journey as a writer began with The Times of India. And now, here I am in Dubai pursuing my passion and exploring a new city, all in one go!