The IATA Travel Pass app is touching down in Canada as Air France becomes the first airline to introduce a pilot program for outbound flights at the Montréal-Trudeau airport that digitizes negative COVID-19 test results.
It is carrying out the program jointly with the Biron Health Group.
The pilot program will focus strictly on outbound Air France flights from Montréal-Trudeau to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as of June 24 until July 15, 2021.
Its purpose is to test the International Air Transport Association's IATA Travel Pass mobile application which will enable travellers to:
- Check up on the latest COVID-19 related entry requirements for their country of destination.
- Have the results of their COVID-19 test performed at partner laboratories sent directly into the app.
- Securely store these documents in the app so they can demonstrate to airlines and authorities that they meet the relevant entry requirements, without having to divulge further information about their personal health.
This trial is free of charge for customers and offered on a voluntary basis.
It is open to customers travelling on Air France-operated flights with Paris as a final destination.
How it works
Testing will be carried out at the Biron Health Group's onsite facilities at the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
Eligible passengers will receive a notification a few days before departing for Paris.
Testing is possible on the day of departure for travellers ages 11 and up who have not been vaccinated or have only received their first dose, as they are required to present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result issued within 72 hours of their departure to enter France.
Travellers are instructed to download the IATA Travel Pass app via the Apple Store and Google Play and activates it using the code transmitted by Air France.
They will book an appointment for their PCR or antigen test on the Biron Health Group website.
At the time of the test, the traveller will then have the result integrated directly to the IATA Travel Pass.
At the airport, the traveller proceeds to the Air France SkyPriority counter.
When checking travel formalities, he or she will present his phone instead of a printed result
You can watch a video of the app here.
All the user's health details remain on the app – "at no point are they transmitted or centrally stored, which assures the user of total control over all their personal data."
Already deployed from New York-JFK and Barcelona, this test marks a new step toward simplifying travel.
Air France applies the strictest health measures and offers its customers total ticket flexibility, with the possibility of postponing or cancelling or being refunded for any trip planned before December 31, 2021 free of charge.
These efforts have earned Air France 4 stars in the Skytrax Covid-19 Airline Safety rating, and more recently, a Diamond Award from Apex Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying.
This summer, Air France will operate 17 weekly flights from Montréal-Trudeau to Paris-Charles-de Gaulle.
"So we may improve our customers' experience, our team is delighted to be trialing this digital solution that enables passengers to safely store their COVID test results, and thus streamline their time at the airport," said Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president and general manager of Air France KLM Canada.
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