Indigo will launch an IATA Travel Pass in partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Launch And Global Airliners Involved
This will be a pilot project or a test run set to launch on August 20.
The project is being supported by 45 airlines worldwide including Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Emirates and Etihad.
The pass will be a step towards building a passenger’s digital passport.
How It Will Work
This will serve as proof of pre-travel test or vaccination status to meet the norms of the destination country.
The travel pass will be accessible through a mobile app through which travelers can manage their travel in accordance with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.
Passengers can store, manage and share their test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to ease their travel.
The IATA Travel Pass will also help authorised labs and test centres safely send test results or vaccination certificates to passengers.
Benefits For Passengers
Since many countries have protocols in place for international arrivals, the pass will “simplify and digitise the requisite passenger information for respective countries.”
The collaboration with IATA will serve as a step closer to international air travel recovery.
It will also help provide a “hassle-free experience” for the airliners’ customers.
Current State Of International Flight Operations
Presently, scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 last year.
However, there are agreements with 27 countries through which special international passenger flights will operate from India under air bubble arrangements.
Countries Which Banned Arrivals From India
These are the countries which have till date prohibited entry for passengers from India:
- United Arab Emirates
- New Zealand
Advice Before Travel
Before planning international travel, one should contact the foreign missions of the destination country along with the airlines.
This is so as to make sure one is informed of the latest updates regarding international travel and restrictions, if any.