Test for Takeoff! CAL launches plan for passengers to book and pay for Covid19 tests

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Test for Takeoff! CAL launches plan for passengers to book and pay for Covid19 tests

Persons travelling with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) can now book and pay for Covid19 tests via its website.

CAL said this initiative, called Test for Takeoff! is part of the company’s plan to stay abreast of innovations and services to facilitate a safe travel environment for its customers.

Passengers have up to seven days in advance to book, but no less than 48 hours before their flight departure date.

In a statement this morning, the airline said in partnership with Ink Aviation, they will be using a new integrated passenger Covid19 test booking portal, it can facilitate Covid19 test bookings for its customers.

CAL added, “The portal makes booking appointments and paying for tests easy and convenient.”

The platform integrates with multiple stakeholders, including medical establishments, airlines, airports and governments, to securely validate and share passenger health credentials, such as test results and vaccines. The airline said this enables the passenger’s journey to be simple, fast and safe, with all steps connected together.

CAL chief operations officer Steve Azevedo said, “This is a major step for CAL to support countries to safely reopen their borders while preventing the importation of covid19 cases. The platform is compatible with all digital and paper Covid19 test certificates including results from RT-PCR, LAMP and Antigen tests.

“The innovative solution allows passengers to verify their health credentials using several identification options.”

The portal “works seamlessly with any departure control system, immigration systems and all self-sovereign digital health passports.”

An inbuilt declaration form, digitizes and unifies the travel details submitted by the passenger with advanced passenger information.

CAL said by using the passenger Covid19 test booking portal at caribbeanairlines.health.ink, customers can input their booking reference code, and a list of approved testing labs along with available appointment dates and times will appear for selection. The link will only display approved testing labs in the country from which the customer’s flight originates.

Payment is required immediately after securing the appointment with the selected lab. The cost of the test will vary based on the country and lab facilitating the test.

Customers are advised to choose appointment dates that align with the specific entry protocols for the destination to which they are travelling. As an example, CAL said some countries require PCR tests to be done within 72 hours of travel, while others accept tests done within seven days of travel.

The airline said passengers may verify the specific entry requirements and other important travel information for their intended destination using the CAL Airlines Sherpa Tool at https://travelguidelines.caribbean-airlines.com/

After their test appointment, CAL continued, customers will be invited to download the Ink Mobile App (Tento Wallet) via the Apple App or Google Play Store. The airline explained this app will act as a digital health passport, providing a touchless experience, where the labs can securely upload customer’s test results, which can be presented at the airport when checking-in.

CAL added that it will verify the results via the QR code from the Ink Mobile App downloaded on their smartphone.