Virgin Atlantic is the youngest airline to announce a test with so-called vaccination records.
Customers flying to Barbados on or after April 16 are asked to use the Travel Pass app to verify that they meet the Caribbean island’s entry requirements for coronavirus testing prior to departure.
Future versions of the app – developed by the Airline Trade Body International Air Transport Association – will also include coronavirus vaccine records.
Virgin Atlantic said it would seek permission from the UK government to expand the study to include customers arriving on flights from Barbados to London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic will be using the app on flights to Barbados starting April 16 and is requesting permission to use it on the return flight as well
A number of other airlines also use the app, including British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar Airways.
Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic Chief Customer and Operating Officer, said: ‘In parallel with the UK’s successful vaccination program and accompanied by a risk-based, incremental relaxation of restrictions, we can see a flight path that will soon enable a safe restart of large-scale international travel. just in time for summer.
‘When the skies reopen, fast, affordable testing combined with digital health integration will be critical to streamline and simplify the customer experience, make border health checks manageable, and build consumer confidence.
“Governments, industrial and technology companies must work together to drive the adoption of digital solutions with global common standards that are accepted at borders.”
Other airlines using the app include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, and Qatar Airways
Starting next week, passengers flying to the US on Virgin Atlantic will be able to upload their test documents to a website operated by the US company TrustAssure, where they will be checked within two minutes using automated artificial intelligence.
Upon completion of the verification, travelers will receive a QR code that they can use to go through the check-in process at the airport.
Overseas holidays are banned due to the UK coronavirus lockdown, but Boris Johnson said Wednesday he would make an announcement on April 5 about the lifting of restrictions.
The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will submit a report to the Prime Minister on April 12th setting out recommendations on how and when to resume foreign holidays.
Passengers flying to Barbados (picture) use the app, which later also contains information about the vaccine
According to its roadmap to easing restrictions, the earliest travel date is May 17th.
The program, which will be discussed at a summit of EU leaders next week, will make it easier for people who have been vaccinated, as well as others recently tested or recovered from Covid-19, to travel across Europe.
Brits will not automatically be eligible under the current plans, but can apply for a certificate from the respective country in the EU they want to visit, said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
A YouGov poll this week found that more Britons believe that vaccination records should be brought for people who use gyms than for those who visit hospitals or general practitioners’ offices.
56 percent of respondents want the certificates enforced for those who want to exercise, while only 43 percent say they should be needed in medical centers.
Over half – nearly six in ten – said they would support the plans, and more than a quarter – 28 percent – said they strongly support the idea.
But 34 percent of the country said they are against the idea of using the system as the country gets closer to freedom on June 21.
A separate poll for MailOnline found that 59 percent of people would return and 19 percent would turn down companies like pubs that use vaccination records.
Police will NOT stop or arrest people leaving the country in violation of Covid’s new vacation ban, despite a £ 5,000 fine for breaking the rules
Police will not stop or arrest people who leave the country in violation of the government’s vacation ban, a senior official has confirmed.
Under the new coronavirus regulation, which will come into effect on Monday, anyone leaving England without a valid reason could face a £ 5,000 fine.
Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said officials would distribute the penalties to anyone who breaks the rules to go on vacation.
However, he said it was up to the UK Border Force to ban anyone from traveling, adding, “We are not just going to arrest people for trying to leave the country.”
NPCC chairman Martin Hewitt says the officers will not make arrests
Mr Hewitt spoke to reporters after NPCC data was released showing that 508 fines had been imposed by armed forces in England and three in Wales on those who were on government quarantine after arriving from a country until March 14th had not self-isolated.
He said police have not imposed fines for violating hotel quarantine rules for people from red countries, which went into effect on Feb.15.
He said enforcement was primarily a matter for the Border Force and private security companies.
So what are reasonable excuses to leave the UK?
- Travel to work, to study, for legal obligations or to vote
- For childcare reasons or to be present at a birth
- Visiting a dying relative or close friend
- To seek medical help or appointments
- Visiting someone in a hospice or nursing home, but only if they are a close friend or family
- To attend a funeral, get married, or attend a close relative’s wedding
- For childcare purposes
- For volunteering or charity work
- View homes to buy or rent, visit a real estate agent or show home, or move
- If someone does not live in the UK permanently, they go home
Mr Hewitt said police have increased the number of officers in ports and airports and are continuing to screen people who are supposed to self-isolate.
He said: “The police will not automatically stop travelers, although officers will continue to question people about the reasons for their travel at the airport terminals or in the parking lot or at the other entry and exit points.
“With the new travel legislation coming into effect on Monday, officials will be fined if necessary if they discover someone breaking the rules.
“However, whether people are excluded from travel is not a police matter, that is for the British border troops.”
The threat of fines has been extended to the end of June, making overseas summer vacation increasingly unlikely as a third wave of coronaviruses spread across Europe.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps heads a task force that will report by April 12 on how and when the ban on non-essential travel can be lifted. According to Mr Johnson’s official timetable, it cannot be earlier than May 17th.
The travel ban does not apply to anyone traveling to the common travel area of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland unless that is not the ultimate destination.
Earlier this week, Neil Ferguson, dubbed Professor Lockdown, after telling the government in March last year to put restrictions on people being able to stand home before another summer, warned.
At the BBC breakfast he said, “I think we … although by summer, certainly by autumn, not everything will be back to normal, it will feel a lot more normal.”
Meanwhile, Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary said their passengers could be forced to wear face masks until 2022.
He said, “I would envision at this point that we would still need a mandatory face mask on board our aircraft for the remainder of this summer schedule and next winter’s schedule.”