British Airways will begin trials tomorrow (February 4) on a digital health travel passport, VeriFLY, with selected passengers on transatlantic flights.
The mobile app will allow travellers to check and meet entry requirements by providing digital health document verification and confirming eligibility.
VeriFLY will allow people to keep travel verification documents and Covid-19 test results in one place.
The app will be updated to ensure passengers conform with the latest requirement for a declaration around the reason for travel once the airline has clarity from the UK Government on the legislation.
Certified customers will be fast-tracked through the airport at specially designated check-in desks.
BA’s OneWorld partner, American Airlines, already allows customers to use VeriFLY when travelling to the US from all international destinations.
It said thousands of customers have travelled using the app, with many providing positive feedback on its ease of use.
Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO, said: “Although flying is currently restricted, it is essential we do as much as we can now to help those who are eligible to fly and prepare to help our customers navigate the complexities around changing global entry requirements when the world re-opens.
“We remain focused and committed to finding user-friendly, evidence-based solutions to make journeys as seamless they can be. Through these trials, we hope to provide travellers and governments on both sides of the Atlantic with the tools and the reassurance they need to make safe travel possible.”