A top official of the Emirates airline said people who have been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 may skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine and PCR test soon.
Adel Al Redha, chief operating officer for Emirates airlines, said by sharing digital medical records with airlines, passengers may return to a more seamless travel experience.
“I can’t speak on any UAE ruling, but I think instead of [vaccination passport being] mandatory, there will be an easing of certain criteria for people who are vaccinated.”
“There will be less obstacles for those passengers who have taken the vaccination against those who have not,” he said during a guesting at the ARN radio’s Dubai Eye.
“I think many countries have already established if you have taken the second [shot of the] vaccine, you will be allowed to enter without having to quarantine or carry a PCR test,” he further added.
Al Redha said that in the coming months, some countries would likely start privileges or easing requirements for those who have been administered with the vaccine.
He also discusses the airline’s tie-up with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) that will create a digital version of a traveler’s Covid-19 medical records. The records, according to him, will provide travelers’ information on Covid-19 including testing history, infection history, and eventually, vaccination records.
Once it’s publicly used, Covid-19 health information for each passenger will be shared straight from attested DHA labs to the airline’s reservations and booking systems.
“We are trying to establish a link between the Emirates systems, whether it is at reservations or check-in with the DHA systems,” he said.
“It will automatically provide any data related to Covid-19 testing so the passenger will not have to carry any documentation. It will be more accurate and reliable,” Al Redha added.
For the second phase, he said the Emirates was trying to link it to other apps, such as the IATA pass.
If this materializes, the health information of the traveler will be made available at the final destination for border control to check.