Panafrican News Agency

Kenya Airways joins AU vaccine tamper proof plan to curb fake coronavirus test certificates

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways has partnered with the African Union and the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to implement the Trusted Travel Pass, a digital platform to help passengers manage their international travel.

The platform assists airline passengers to comply with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing and vaccine information.

"The Trusted Travel Pass enables Kenya Airways passengers to verify compliance easily and securely to COVID-19 test or vaccine travel requirements to their destination of choice," Kenya Airways said in a statement.

The passengers will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel through the Trusted Testing Code (TT Code) which shows that the test was done in an approved Trusted Laboratory.

The TT Code is used as evidence of the test to generate a Travel Code (TC) for international travel.

TT Code and TC are standard travel clearance requirements for international travel in a health emergency.

“Kenya Airways believes in keeping the health and safety of our travellers as a topmost priority and is proud to be one of the leading airlines in Africa to facilitate a one-stop-secure travel shop to restore customer confidence to fly once more," said Julius Thairu, Acting Chief Commercial Officer at Kenya Airways.

“Kenya Airways as an AU and Africa CDC partner will also bring invaluable input and feedback to improve the Trusted Travel Pass programme making the groundbreaking step in enabling safe international travel during the pandemic as convenient as possible giving people the boost of confidence that they are meeting all COVID-19 entry requirements by governments,” he added.

Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong, said Kenya Airways "demonstrated enlightened" corporate leadership in supporting the regional agenda for harmonisation and integration through their partnership to promote the Africa Union Trusted Travel Initiative.

The Trusted Travel platform provides an extensive suite of technologies that will enable Kenya Airways to verify the authenticity of test results and vaccine certificates issued by other countries.

Without such system, the proliferation of user-tampered and fake test and vaccine certificates will undermine efforts to minimise cross-border transmission while allowing trans-border economic activities to take place. -0- PANA AO/MA 8March2021