They will need to display a quick response barcode proving a negative RT-PCR report.
International passengers flying Air India out of India are required to carry a negative RT-PCR test report and the mandatory QR code linked with that original report.
The requirement is mandated to help reduce the instance of forged or false negative resorts.
A significant number of faked negative reports were being carried by passengers travelling out of India. The mandatory QR code linked to genuine test results is meant to make it more difficult – if not impossible – to successfully use a forgery.
Air India passengers will be required to start using that barcode as of May 22.
“Effective 22nd May 2021, passengers carrying negative RT-PCR reports as per the requirement of their destination country, must ensure that the report has a QR code linking to the original report,” read an Air India Express tweet posted on May 14.
Aside from reducing forgeries, the mandatory QR code also helps to reduce necessary contact.
In verifying the negative COVID-19 test results, scanning the barcode requires far less contact than presenting test results on a sheet of paper. This process is also fast and allows passengers to be processed smoothly as they make their way through the airport, without risking compromising verification.
The step is being taken due to a huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. This second wave of the pandemic in India is severe enough that many countries around the world have banned passengers from the country. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the UAE, Indonesia, Kuwait and the Netherlands. The Embassy of the Netherlands in India announced last week that the ban on passengers from the country was extended until June 1.
As many countries have imposed their travel bans on passengers from India because of the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, India has established air bubble arrangements with 26 countries. These include nations such as the United States, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Qatar, and the UAE, for international travel. The mandatory QR code will need to be displayed to allow the negative RT-PCR test results to be verified.