Heathrow is to start speeding up tracking of fully vaccinated passengers arriving at the airport on a pilot program from the end of the week.
The program involves travelers arriving at London Airport from selected destinations in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights.
Heathrow said fully vaccinated travelers of all nationalities would be able to show proof of vaccination in digital or paper format upon check-in “to help prove that vaccination status can be quickly and easily verified away from the border and allow safe entry into the UK “.
It comes as the travel industry ramps up pressure on the government to allow non-quarantine travel from destinations that remain on the “amber” list under COVID-19 traffic light travel rules.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps reportedly presented plans on Thursday to ease restrictions on people arriving from Amber Countries, who currently have to self-isolate.
The government has already said that the quarantine requirement will be dropped “later this summer” for people who have been doubly vaccinated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly in favor of doing so from July 19, when further restrictions on coronaviruses will be lifted, according to the Times.
Heathrow, BA and Virgin have said it is essential that there is no delay in implementing the changes.
Passengers who are part of the Heathrow trial will continue to be required to adhere to current quarantine rules for those arriving from orange destinations.
The pilot program will initially involve fully vaccinated volunteers traveling on selected flights from Athens, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, Jamaica and New York.
Heathrow said: “The lawsuit aims to reassure the government that airlines and …
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