The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the update Timatic (Travel Information Manual Automatic), a database containing required documentation for international travel. The next generation travel documentation and verification system aims to support contactless travel and enhance passenger experience.
To achieve this, Timatic has undergone a complete redesign, IATA said, setting a new benchmark in travel compliance solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, which was established in 1963, the new Timatic AutoCheck promises to offer a streamlined and interactive experience enabling travellers, airlines and travel professionals to easily access accurate and clearly worded immigration information. The entire document checking process has been automated with tailored instructions for each passenger, playing an essential role in supporting the industry in the move towards contactless travel.
Timatic AutoCheck represents a further milestone in the pursuit of efficiency and convenience within the travel industry.Frederic Leger, IATA Senior Vice President Commercial Products and Services
The AutoCheck update comes after IATA’s most recent Global Passenger Survey (GPS) revealed that complex visa requirements deter travellers who want a convenient, digital online visa process. Moreover, many are willing to share their travel document information for faster airport immigration procedures.
“Taking advantage of traveller willingness to use online processes and share information in advance, Timatic AutoCheck enables airlines, ground handlers, departure control systems and travel agents a customer friendly online solution, through which travellers can check that they comply with all immigration requirements before setting off to the airport”, said Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President Commercial Products and Services.
Timatic AutoCheck can easily be integrated into airline reservation and departure control systems (DCS) as well as distribution systems used by travel agencies and online booking platforms, IATA said, listing the system’s product enhancements:
- Simplified Regulatory Content: Timatic AutoCheck includes simplified and more user-friendly worded travel regulations, making them easier to understand. Travellers no longer need to know terminologies or read through complex regulations as the information is now provided in a concise manner.
- Interactive Data Driven Approach: Leveraging the power of data, users will now be guided through each step of the compliance process, ensuring they possess all required documents and meet the entry requirements. Users can input their travel details and receive personalized responses.
- Practical Recommendations: Timatic AutoCheck offers more than just information; it provides responses. Whether checking visa requirements, health regulations or entry restrictions, users now receive instructions on how to proceed and comply with regulations so they can promptly address any issues they may encounter.
- Enhanced Automation: The latest automation features make self-service check-in even easier. Airlines have the option to incorporate the new Timatic AutoCheck into their systems enabling passengers to independently verify their travel documents and compliance status through the various check-in options on offer.
Major DCS providers like Amadeus, Hitit and Sabre, along with various airlines and Star Alliance are already working with IATA to upgrade to the new Timatic AutoCheck, taking the next step towards contactless travel.