Due to the covid 19 pandemic situation, lots of things have been disturbed duly. One of those is the transport operations system and international flight schedules as well. But as soon as the lockdown has been lifted, the conveyance schedules have been restored, but not like before. Major Covid protocols have to be maintained if you want to travel in a public transport system. Likewise, international flight operations are also likely to resume from early next year for which a health e-pass will be launched to keep a check on the traveler’s health updates.
What is the e-health pass all about?
The international air transport association has rolled out a plan of giving an e-health pass to passengers traveling to and from India. The pass will be given “on the lines of the yellow fever inoculation certification” which makes it mandatory for the travelers who are traveling to Africa. The health pass is standardized information about the passengers who are going to travel outside of the country. It will consist of all the corona virus-related information and the health status of the passengers as well. It will also host the covid test results that will be accepted in all government sources, airlines, foreign countries, etc.
FAITH general secretary on the e-pass
The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) secretory head Mr. Subhas Goyal said, “The Travel Pass will be a uniform health certificate that is accepted across governments, airlines, accredited laboratories, and travelers and will ease international travel”. With so many international passengers randomly testing positive for the virus, this move was necessary to have a transparent view of the passengers travelling in the airlines and will be able to deal with it without any hindrance.
Air bubbles with countries will improve India’s aviation industry
The secretary-general of FAITH Subhas Goyal asserted that India will make aviation bonds stronger with the countries that it has signed the air bubble with and the passengers flying to and from India will be benefited from this immensely. He said, “Along with this, FAITH has also asked the governments to issue e-visas for countries with which air bubbles have been established, and replace the 14-day quarantine for international passengers with a mandatory coronavirus test 96 hours prior to undertaking travel.”
The Policy Times suggestion
- This is a very good move by the IATA as it will ensure passengers travel safely when travelling out of the country. It will also help in tracking the health status of a passenger and will alert the authorities in case there is any covid related issue.
- It must be seen that the e-health pass is actively used by all the passengers and the information provided are correct so that there is no misuse of the pass for travelling purpose.