Spanish flag carrier tests mobile ‘health passport’

The move comes after the regional parliament in Galicia had this week approved a law to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory in that community. [Shutterstock/Markus Mainka]

Spanish flag carrier and IAG group member, Iberia, has started testing a mobile “health passport” for passengers travelling to Miami and New York, company sources have confirmed. EURACTIV’s Fernando Heller reports from Madrid.

The move comes after the regional parliament in Galicia this week approved a law to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory in that community.

Iberia has since Wednesday been using the VeryFly app, which its sister group British Airways is rolling out on all international flights into the UK, Spanish media reported.

The VeriFly app can be downloaded by phones and other mobile devices (iOS and Android). It provides information to the traveller on whether they meet the COVID-19-related requirements to enter the destination by checking health documents.

Users can also download their COVID-19 test results and the affidavit that will be required after landing. Certified customers also benefit from quick airport access and dedicated check-in counters. According to Iberia, it is optional to use the app as customers can prove they meet the requirements for the trip at the regular check-in counters.

However, while Spain respects the decisions of citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as stated in its national vaccination strategy, it can look into the implementation of a “health pass”, which several associations representing the badly hit hotels, restaurants, and cafes, and tourism sectors are pushing for.

The regional parliament of Galicia approved on Monday a reform of the Galician Health Law which makes vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory, despite it being – at least for the moment – currently rejected by the central government in Madrid.

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(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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