Emirates use digital verification for Covid records

UAE Healthcare News Updates

Sarah Peddie

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the airline Emirates have started to implement digital verification for coronavirus medical records.

The full digital verification will access medical records in regards to testing and vaccinations for travellers in the UAE. 

It means that travellers who have taken a PCR test in Dubai can choose to check in without having to present the physical test report. 

Customers who have been given a Covid-19 vaccination at a DHA health centre can then get it synced up with testing documents when checking in before a flight.

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This new verification procedure will make sure that check-in will be much more secure and faster when travellers are departing from Dubai International Airport. 

The information will be matched-up with the requirements of the destination they are travelling to. Emirates will only process relevant information related to the Covid-19 entry requirement of the destination.

Once all checks are completed then all the information regarding coronavirus medical records then they will be deleted from Emirates’ systems.

It comes almost two months after the signing of the memorandum between the DHA and Emirates which is an agreement of the first of its kind between an airline and a government health authority.

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This also makes Dubai one of the world’s first cities to introduce a digital verification of coronavirus medical records.

Adel Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer for Emirates Airline said: “The UAE government has been very supportive and is one of the leading countries in the use of technology and digital applications. 

“This initiative is in line with the government’s vision and we are delighted to take this step within the aviation sector to cooperate with DHA in linking our systems together to enhance the customer experience by processing the relevant documents in a more efficient, secure and effective manner. 

“Our partnership with the Dubai Health Authority in managing passenger travel is unique and is a first step towards other initiatives that will be launched in the near future. This is a testament to Dubai’s progressive approach in delivering innovative digital solutions across all aspects of services.”

Ahmed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Joint Corporate Support Services at the DHA, added: “The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has been strongly foraying into paperless healthcare over the past few years to enhance patient convenience and further improve healthcare delivery. 

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deployed and fostered the use of digital healthcare. The strategic foresight into investing in digital healthcare has paved the way today for such a pioneering integration. 

“This partnership will directly help streamline and make travel easy and convenient as well as ensure validation of all necessary COVID-19 medical records.”

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