Emirates airline, Dubai Health Authority Begin Full Digital Certification of COVID-19 Test Results

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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Emirates airline have started the process of full digital verification of COVID-19 medical records on the testing and vaccination of travellers in the United Arab Emirates.

If passengers have opted to undergo a PCR test in Dubai, they may choose to check in without presenting their physical COVID-19 PCR test report. Those who have had their COVID-19 vaccines administered at a DHA health facility in Dubai may have their documents synchronized at check-in, together with their COVID-19 PCR test results.

With the new streamlined verification procedures, customers departing from Dubai International Airport will enjoy faster processing times and greater security. Information will be matched with entry requirements for destinations.

Emirates will only process COVID-19 entry requirements specific to the traveller’s destination. As soon as the check-in process is complete, Emirates’ systems will immediately discard COVID-19 medical records.

“This initiative is in line with the government’s vision – we are delighted to take this step within the aviation sector to cooperate with DHA in linking our systems together,” said Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer for Emirates airline.

The Emirates-DHA data co-operation comes less than two months after the signing of an MoU and is a “first-of-its-kind agreement between an airline and a government health authority”. The integration also makes Dubai one of the first cities in the world to implement full digital verification of traveller medical records related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

“The strategic foresight into investing in digital healthcare has paved the way for such a pioneering integration,” said Ahmed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Joint Corporate Support Services at DHA. “This partnership will directly help streamline and make travel easy and convenient as well as ensure validation of all necessary COVID-19 medical records.”

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