The move by major airlines is a hint of the stringent new demands they make before allowing travelers to board planes in the future.
Air New Zealand is taking steps towards a vaccine passport system, starting with a trial of the health check app on flights between Auckland and Sydney.
The company announced on Monday that it will try out the TravelPass smartphone application on its April flight between the two cities.
“When the border reopens, the trip looks very different and we need to check the customer’s health data at check-in,” said Jennifer Sepul, chief digital officer, in a statement.
“It’s essentially like having a digital health certificate that you can easily and safely share with your airline.”
Travelers can allow medical professionals to upload test results and vaccination certificates to the app.
It then matches that information with your travel requirements and puts a “green checkmark” on the user to indicate that it is suitable for travel.
As soon as the app becomes available for download in April, customers will be invited to voluntarily participate in the 3-week trial.
An executive at the International Air Transport Association, the organization that developed the app, said this was a step towards resuming overseas travel.
“Air New Zealand’s trial of the IATA Travel Pass helps give the government confidence to reopen its borders and give passengers confidence in their travels,” said Nick Kareen, senior vice president.
Air New Zealand is in talks with government agencies on how to verify testing and vaccination information, the company said.
Health data is kept safe and not stored in a central database, the company said.
Other international airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, have previously flagged them to try the IATA health check system, the organization said.
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