By Nguyen Quy September 4, 2021 | 10:06 GMT + 7

A Vietnam Airlines plane at Noi Bai airport, Hanoi, 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Ngoc Thanh

Eighteen passengers boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight Thursday from Hanoi to London with a digital air travel pass that incorporates their Covid test results and vaccine certificates.

It was the first time that the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass initiative has been used by travelers on a flight to Europe, the airline said in a statement.

It had previously been used on a flight to Tokyo on August 12.

Both tests yielded positive results, potentially paving the way for a resumption of scheduled international flights.

The trial will continue in September, including a flight to Seoul on September 12 and to Tokyo on September 21.

The Travel Pass, which allows people to store verified Covid-19 certificates on a smartphone app, has been adopted by more than 70 airlines around the world.

Passengers must register on the IATA website at least three days before departure, download the Travel Pass app on their phone, create their digital health passport and enter their flight information.

During the testing phase, passengers must provide hard copies if the authorities require it.

EU members rolled out digital health passports in July as part of efforts to gradually ease travel restrictions within the bloc, including for non-EU passengers.

Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March of last year.

Vietnam Airlines resumed commercial flights from Hanoi and HCMC last July to Australia and several Asian and European destinations.


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