The Ministry of Transport intends to oblige passengers to show QR codes only before check-in, if their verification becomes mandatory. When selling tickets, the certificate will not be checked, Vedomosti reported on December 3, citing three sources in the airlines and one interlocutor familiar with the results of the meeting in the Ministry of Transport.
“The adjusted position of the Ministry of Transport will be presented on December 7 at a meeting with deputies in the State Duma’s transport committee chaired by Yevgeny Moskvichev,” the publication quotes one of the sources.
A meeting in the Ministry of Transport, during which QR codes were discussed with representatives of the aviation industry, was held on December 1. According to sources, the essence of interaction with a passenger will be to notify him of the need to obtain a vaccination certificate if a passenger registered on the State Service website does not have one after purchasing a ticket. The airline will notify him through the portal.
If there is a QR code, the passenger will be checked in for the flight. If the certificate appears on “State Services” by the time of registration, the airline will terminate the contract of carriage. The full cost of the ticket must be returned to the passenger within 30 days.
The informants explained that the information about the availability of the vaccination certificate from the passenger will not be requested by the airline, but by the provider through which the tickets are sold (Saber, Amadeus, Navitaire or the Russian Sirena Travel and Online Reservation Systems).
Earlier, on December 2, the Assistant Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Alexei Kuznetsov said that new certificates for those who have had coronavirus will be valid for a year. Previously issued documents are extended. This technical procedure will be completed shortly.
In late November, the Union of Business Travel Agencies (SAD) asked the government to free the industry from QR codes. A letter was sent to the government of the Russian Federation with a request not to enter QR codes when buying tickets for trains and airplanes.