The Civil Aviation Ministry has announced an updated version of the Air Suvidha website, following passenger complaints. The new portal removes the compulsion on uploading passports of incoming passengers. Provisions will further allow primary travellers to input information for the entire family when travelling on the same flight to the same destination.
Passengers will continue to be required to upload their vaccination certificates and COVID-19 test reports to the website. The web portal dashboard reflects COVID-19 numbers for further convenience and safety of travellers.
In another update, following a downward trend in the rise of cases, the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has appealed to the Government to remove the Air Suvidha system completely. TAAI expressed their concerns over the portal blocking the growth of the inbound travel sector. Currently, Air Suvidha requires passengers flying into the country to submit their travel documents, vaccination certificates and test reports wherever applicable, but conforming to very specific format guidelines, which has been reported to be inconvenient for travellers on the move. A review on whether Air Suvidha will continue will be undertaken in August.
Air Suvidha was introduced in August 2020, as a mandated self-reporting portal for incoming international travellers. The portal was introduced in order to track passengers travelling from high-risk regions.
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