Holiday hope as British Airways adds proof of vaccine option to bookings

British Airways passengers can now upload negative Covid tests and proof of vaccines before flights.

The airline has begun its trial on flights from London to India, with more destinations to be added in the coming weeks.

Passengers are able to add evidence of coronavirus vaccinations and tests – as well as other travel declarations – to bookings on the airline's website.

Documents will be checked to ensure they match the entry requirements of the relevant destination, enabling passengers to check in 24 hours before they travel.

There are growing hopes the UK will be back to normal by summer with holidays expected to resume as soon as May 17.

It is thought BA’s passport system will be ready in time for the rule change set out in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "roadmap" out of lockdown.

The travel industry has suffered a devastating year, with BA parent company IAG reporting a pre-tax loss of £6.7billion in 2020.

But a number of countries have already outlined plans for vaccine passports with airlines including easyJet reporting a recent "surge" in bookings.

British Airways is running its trial alongside its pilot of health passport VeriFLY on departures to the US and Canada and inbound flights to the UK.

The airline's chief executive Sean Doyle said: "At British Airways we are preparing for the meaningful return to international travel in the coming months.

"This means doing everything we can to simplify the journey for our customers, allow them to travel with confidence and create the best possible seamless, frictionless experience in a new Covid era.

"We know that innovation and technology hold the key to unlocking international travel."

He added: "The key benefit of customers being able to upload the correct travel documentation into their booking is that it enables them to check in online, speeding up the airport process.

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