Monday, March 15, 2021

British Airways trials vaccine certification for travel on Indian routes

British Airways is moving ahead with vaccine certification for travel, though challenges remain over the coordination of uploading proof of vaccination and/or tests and the online check-in process.

The trial of the new process is now taking place for passengers eligible to travel to India. They are now able to upload their negative Covid-19 test results and other travel declaration forms directly into their booking at, in advance of travel.

The new initiative is being trialled as part of BA’s efforts to simplify the departure process, as it prepares for the return of international travel. 

The trial, which is running on all flights from London to India, will certify that passengers have the correct documentation needed for their flight before they arrive at the airport, allowing them to check-in online and avoid queuing in the terminal. 

Three days before they are due to depart, passengers will receive an email directing them to the ‘Manage My Booking’ function on where they can find the relevant entry requirements, including a negative Covid-19 test result and a digital declaration form.

They then upload the required documents, which will be certified by the airline within six hours to ensure they meet the entry requirements.

British Airways aims to roll this trial out to more destinations over the coming weeks and is also working to add this functionality for those destinations to its British Airways app.

15/03/21 Tom Otley/Business Traveller

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