Saudi Arabia becomes one of the first countries to accept the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass (IATA). IATA Travel Pass is a personal secure digital wallet solution that helps travellers understand travel requirements. It presents their verified travel health credentials to meet COVID-19 entry restrictions. Travellers to and from Saudi Arabia can choose between using the IATA app or Tawakkalna. Tawakkalna is the Kingdom’s national health app developed by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA). The pass will simplify and enhance compliance with health requirements for travellers entering the Kingdom
The SDAIA and Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation signed an agreement to work together to verify the health status of travellers. They also aim to improve travel procedures in line with the best international practices.
GACA will support the health ministry-approved Tawakkalna app and enhance its collaboration with IATA. This is an effort to develop integrated digital solutions in line with the Kingdom’s work in the field of digital transformation. The agreement also aims to boost air travel to and from the country. In addition, it will also promote the rapid recovery of the industry from the effects of the pandemic. Finally, SDAIA President said that the Kingdom is a world leader in terms of harnessing technology to address the effects of the pandemic.