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Digital Health Pass Trial Successfully Completed at HKIA


Air crew members role-play as passengers and take the COVID-19 test at Hong Kong International Airport’s testing centre in the trial.
Digital health pass presented to the airline staff for check-in.
Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, digital health pass is presented to local staff for validation.

(HONG KONG, 17 March 2021, 1700hrs)  –  Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) together with its business partners and Los Angeles International Airport successfully conducted a trial of digital health pass at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), signifying commitment in providing seamless travel experience to our passengers under the new normal as a result of COVID-19. 

Aimed to provide a simple and efficient means of health document check and verification process on both ends of a passenger journey, the trial was conducted with Los Angeles International Airport, Cathay Pacific, The Commons Project, one of the major digital health pass developers for international travel, and Prenetics, a COVID-19 test provider.

In the trial, air crew members of Cathay Pacific role-played as passengers and took the COVID-19 test at HKIA’s testing centre. Test results were sent to these passengers through the mobile application in the form of digital health pass which were presented to the airline staff for check-in. Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, the role-playing passengers presented their digital health pass to local staff for validation and entered Los Angeles successfully.

Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations of the AA said, “As COVID-19 tests and vaccinations are poised to become new essentials for air travellers in the future, a digital solution is required to effectively integrate this new requirement into the existing digitalised travel process, from laboratory to check-in and to landing”. 

HKIA has been collaborating with major hub airports in the world to facilitate the adoption of digital solutions to tackle challenges such as trustworthiness of paper reports, diversified and dynamic entry requirements across countries and regions, long queues for passengers for document check, and labour intensive checking duties for airline staff.

“At Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), we are working closely with our international airport partners to create standardised protocols that will support the safe return to travel,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA, “We applaud our partners at the AA for successfully piloting a digital health pass as we work together to embrace innovation and technology that will reimagine air travel in response to the global pandemic.”

“Resumption of air travel in a safe way is our top priority. Traffic recovery is hard to be sustainable with manual handling of the paper records without error to match the requirements of each country, which could also be changed from time to time.  We will continue to work with the industry partners including the Government to make HKIA to be one of the first airports in the world to adopt digital health pass solutions,” added Mrs Cheung.

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