Biogenix Labs to support IATA Travel Pass app trials with PCR COVID-19 testing

App enables smooth travel experience on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and North America


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Biogenix Labs, a G42 Healthcare company, has announced that it is providing COVID-19 testing services for the newly launched IATA Travel Pass, a digital platform that passengers travelling with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, can use to seamlessly fly between Abu Dhabi and Chicago, New York, Washington and Toronto until 31st May 2021.

Launched at the beginning of April by the International Air Transport Association, the Travel Pass app offers simple and secure management of health-related requirements. The information on the Travel Pass can be shared with border authorities that require testing as a condition for international travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. By using the app, passengers will be able to easily manage their travel health credentials, take advantage of faster check-in facilities, and have access to free Wi-Fi while on board.

Given the scale of operations and quick turnaround requirements of the Travel Pass app program, Biogenix Labs was selected as a testing partner thanks to its high throughput processing, 24/7 operations and secure handling of sensitive data. Biogenix Labs already supports travelers’ testing needs in compliance with the constantly evolving regulatory guidelines and is thus well-positioned to contribute to the Travel Pass initiative through its flexibility, agility, and rapid response.

Its inclusion in the scheme is a testament to the company’s abilities and trustworthiness to support the efforts to re-introduce safe flying protocols and seamless travel.

Ashish Koshy, CEO of G42 Healthcare, said: “We are proud to be part of this pioneering project. Biogenix Labs is contributing to the lifting of travel restrictions using digital solutions and working with leaders in the travel industry to process verified information in a safe and secure manner. This collaboration is a testament to our lab’s capability and trustworthiness, and a major game-changer for the aviation industry, one that we hope will usher in a new phase of international air travel.”

Biogenix Labs was the first COVID-19 accredited laboratory in the UAE, supporting the population with their testing needs. It led the validation of non-invasive saliva testing resulting in approval and subsequent adoption by Department of Health, Abu Dhabi. The lab also pioneered the enablement of the safe return of sporting events, and has supported the 4Humanity vaccine trials across geographies, leading to national vaccination rollouts in multiple countries.

To take advantage of the IATA Travel Pass benefits, passengers can download the app from the Apple Store and book an appointment with Biogenix Labs in Masdar City, where guests should inform the staff that they are participating in the IATA Travel Pass trial, presenting their passport along with their mobile device with the app installed. As soon as the test result is available, travelers will be able to view it on the app as well as via an SMS from the lab, making it much more convenient for passengers to manage their travel documentation.

Biogenix Labs utilizes the latest technology to provide the most accurate results in the shortest timespan and also provides testing services for passengers who do not wish to participate in the app trial as they can continue to follow the existing method of sharing PCR test results by presenting a printed copy at the airport check in.

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