Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Vaccination status likely to be on boarding passes

New Delhi: Soon, you may have your Covid vaccination status printed on your flight boarding pass, making your travel hassle free and smooth.

The government is working on providing APIs for vaccination status at the time of web check-in with a mobile number. It is also exploring possibilities of having the vaccination status printed on all boarding passes — including the ones issued on spot.

An application programming interface (API) is needed to bring applications together in order to perform a designed function built around sharing data and executing pre-defined processes. APIs will also ensure end-to-end authentication, while passengers would not be required to carry their certificates for verification, official sources said.

The move is aimed at facilitating travellers, particularly those going abroad as some countries have raised issues with certification. “We are working with the ministry of civil aviation for providing APIs for vaccination status at the time of web check in through mobile number. It will perhaps also be possible to print the vaccination information on the boarding pass itself,” an official told TOI.

The move assumes significance as most people have resumed travel with economies and countries opening up after a long gap due to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, vaccination has become a key criteria for countries to allow entry to travellers.

16/11/21 Sushmi Dey/Times of India

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