Although vaccine holdups in some parts of the world look likely to further delay the reopening of borders, continuing trials of digital health passports by airlines and airports are set to be the golden ticket for the mass movement of people once more. In this month’s issue of ITIJ, we catch up on who’s trialing which health passes, and get unique insights from Robin Ingle of Travel Navigator on some of the issues that need to be addressed around such digital Covid passports.
We also take an in-depth look at the myriad benefits of working with global payment specialists in our feature article; round up the latest Covid cover offerings from insurers including AXA Thailand, Allianz Partners and Generali; and have all the latest travel trends and travel health news, including our usual lockdown update and a report from Amex that shows flexible booking options will be key to meeting travellers’ needs going forward.
Plus, out this month is our first Assistance & Repatriation Review of 2021, where we learn about some of the lasting impacts that Covid is having on the assistance industry, such as service diversification, remote working and remote health delivery, and how it is prepared to emerge stronger from the pandemic. We also explore the evolving use of technology to assist travellers wherever they are in the world, have details of some ‘out of the ordinary’ repatriations, and hear from the international funeral repatriation industry on how it has been impacted by Covid.