JetBlue’s Aruba Passengers to get Digital Health PassportMarch 20th, 2021
JetBlue has announced that it would be launching a new digital health passport solution. The carrier intends to first provide the solution on flights to Aruba. This plan is on a trial basis, and JetBlue will be teaming up with the Commons Project Foundation, the government of Aruba, and JetBlue’s COVID-19 testing partners.
As summer approaches, several countries are starting to relax restrictions on their borders, like Turkey, which intends to allow travelers from the UK (whether or not they have been vaccinated yet) into the country this summer. However, these countries that are lifting travel bans are not ignoring health precautions against the COVID-19 virus. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other variants that are emerging, countries are making plans to make health passports a requirement for travelers.
To this end, JetBlue officials announced on 17th March 2021 that a digital health passport would be launched on their flights from Boston to Aruba. The airline will be using the CommonPass app developed by the Commons project Foundation as its Health pass. The app is expected to reach JetBlue passengers that use the carrier’s COVID-19 testing partners, XpresCheck and Vault.
Passengers can get their test results from these testing partners and several other labs in the CommonPass network sent to the app. Passengers would be able to download a travel ass that confirms their test results. Assuming a passenger’s test is negative, he would simply have to show his travel pass during the boarding process.
So far, Aruba will be the only country to utilize the CommonPass health passport for travelers. With a negative CommonPass in hand, JetBlue’s passengers from Boston are expected to enjoy a fast-tracked immigration screening process. Speaking on the new health passport, CEO of JetBlue, Joanna Geraghty said,
“As one of the first airlines in the world to partner with CommonPass and the CommonTrust Network, we are excited to again lead the way in providing another layer of safety to air travel in the United States and around the world. JetBlue customers traveling to Aruba will enjoy an expedited way to enter the country on arrival, while also having peace of mind that they safely meet Aruba’s entry criteria.”