Virgin Atlantic tests vaccination passport app trial on flights from Heathrow to Barbados

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Virgin Atlantic has become the latest airline to announce a trial of so-called vaccine passports.

Customers flying to Barbados from April 16 are invited to use the Travel Pass app to verify that they meet the Caribbean Island’s admission requirements for pre-departure coronavirus testing.

Future versions of the app – developed by the airline’s trade association the International Air Transport Association – will also include data on the coronavirus.

Virgin Atlantic said it will seek permission from the UK government to extend the trial to customers arriving on flights from Barbados to London Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic will be using the app on flights to Barbados from April 16 and is requesting permission to use it on the way back

Virgin Atlantic will be using the app on flights to Barbados from April 16 and is requesting permission to use it on the way back

A number of other airlines also use the app, including British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar Airways.

Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic’s chief customer and operating officer, said: “ In parallel with the UK’s successful vaccination program and accompanied by a risk-based, phased relaxation of restrictions, we see a flight path to soon enable a safe restart of large-scale international travel. possible. in time for summer.

When the skies open again, fast, affordable testing coupled with digital health integration will be vital to streamline and simplify the customer experience, make border health checks manageable and boost consumer confidence.

“Governments, industry and technology companies must work together to lead the adoption of digital solutions with global common standards accepted at borders.”

Other airlines using the app include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar Airways

Other airlines using the app include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar Airways

Other airlines using the app include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Qatar Airways

Passengers flying to the US with Virgin Atlantic can upload their test documents from next week to a website of the US company TrustAssure, where they will be checked in two minutes using automated artificial intelligence technology.

Once the verification is complete, travelers will receive a QR code that will allow them to go through the check-in process at the airport.

Foreign holidays have been banned due to the coronavirus blocking in the UK, but Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that he will make an announcement about lifting restrictions on April 5.

The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will submit a report to the Prime Minister on April 12 with recommendations for how and when to resume foreign vacations.

Passengers flying to Barbados (pictured) will use the app, which will later include vaccine information

Passengers flying to Barbados (pictured) will use the app, which will later include vaccine information

Passengers flying to Barbados (pictured) will use the app, which will later include vaccine information

According to its Roadmap for Relaxation of Restrictions, the earliest travel date is May 17.

The EU has already presented plans to issue ‘digital green certificates’ that will allow 450 million people to travel freely through the block this summer.

The scheme, to be discussed at a summit of EU leaders next week, will facilitate travel across Europe for both vaccinated people and others who have recently been tested for or recovered from Covid-19.

Under current plans, Britons will not automatically be eligible for a certificate from the specific country in the EU they wish to visit, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

It comes as a YouGov poll revealed this week that more Britons think vaccine passports should be introduced for people using gyms than for people visiting hospitals or GP practices.

Fifty-six percent of respondents want the certificates to be enforced for those who want to exercise, while only 43 percent say they should be needed in medical centers.

More than half – nearly six in ten – said they would support the plans and more than a quarter – 28 percent – said they would strongly support the idea.

But 34 percent of the country said they were against the idea of ​​using the system as the country is moving closer to freedom on June 21.

A separate poll for MailOnline found that 59 percent of people would be back and 19 percent would oppose companies such as pubs using vaccine passports.

Police will NOT stop or arrest people leaving the country in violation of new Covid holiday ban, despite £ 5,000 fines for rule violators

People who leave the country in violation of the government’s holiday ban will not be stopped or arrested by the police, a senior officer has confirmed.

Under the new coronavirus rules coming into effect Monday, people leaving England for no valid reason could be fined £ 5,000.

Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said officers would hand out the punishments to anyone who ignores the rules to go on vacation.

However, he said it is a matter for the UK Border Force not to let anyone travel, adding, “We’re not just going to arrest people for trying to leave the country.”

NPCC Chairman Martin Hewitt says officers will not make arrests

NPCC Chairman Martin Hewitt says officers will not make arrests

NPCC Chairman Martin Hewitt says officers will not make arrests

Mr Hewitt spoke to reporters after the release of NPCC data showing that 508 fines had been issued by troops in England and three in Wales to people unable to isolate themselves after arriving from a country on the government’s quarantine list. stood until March 14.

He said police had not imposed fines for violating hotel quarantine rules for those entering from red countries, which took effect on Feb. 15.

He explained that enforcement was primarily a matter for the border guard and private security companies.

So what ARE reasonable excuses for leaving the UK?

  • Travel for work, study, for legal obligations or to vote
  • For reasons of childcare or to be present at a delivery
  • To visit a dying relative or close friend
  • To seek medical help or appointments
  • To visit 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 the wedding of a close relative
  • For childcare
  • For volunteer or charity work
  • To view owner-occupied or rental properties, to visit a real estate agent or a model home, or to move
  • If someone does not live permanently in the UK, he will go home

Mr Hewitt said the police have increased the number of officers in ports and airports and are continuing to carry out checks on people who should isolate themselves.

He said: ‘The police will not automatically stop travelers, although officers will continue to ask people about the reasons for their travel at the airport terminals or the parking lot or the other points of entry and departure.

With the new travel legislation coming into effect on Monday, we as agents will discover someone who breaks the rules, and impose a fine where necessary.

“Whether people are not allowed to travel is not a matter for the police, that is for the UK Border Force.”

The threat of fines has been extended until the end of June, making summer vacations abroad seem increasingly unlikely as a third wave of coronavirus sweeps through Europe.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps is leading 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 roadmap, it can’t be earlier than May 17.

The travel ban does not apply to those entering the common travel area of ​​the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, unless that is not the final destination.

Earlier this week, Neil Ferguson, nicknamed Professor Lockdown after telling the government to impose restrictions in March, warned that people at home could face another summer.

On BBC Breakfast he said, “I think we … while not everything will be back to normal by summer, especially in the fall, it will feel a lot more normal.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said their passengers could be forced to wear face masks until 2022.

He said, “I imagine at this point we intend to continue to require mandatory face masks on board our aircraft for the remainder of this summer schedule and next winter’s schedule.”