Digital health pass trial successfully completed at HKIA


Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) together with its business partners and Los Angeles International Airport successfully conducted a trial of digital health pass at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Aimed to provide a simple and efficient means of health document check and verification process on both ends of a passenger journey, the trial was conducted with Los Angeles International Airport, Cathay Pacific, The Commons Project, one of the major digital health pass developers for international travel, and Prenetics, a COVID-19 test provider.

In the trial, air crew members of Cathay Pacific role-played as passengers and took the COVID-19 test at HKIA’s testing centre. Test results were sent to these passengers through the mobile application in the form of digital health pass which were presented to the airline staff for check-in.

Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, the role-playing passengers presented their digital health pass to local staff for validation and entered Los Angeles successfully.

Vivian Cheung, executive director, airport operations of the AA commented: “As COVID-19 tests and vaccinations are poised to become new essentials for air travellers in the future, a digital solution is required to effectively integrate this new requirement into the existing digitalised travel process, from laboratory to check-in and to landing”.