Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Travelling can often be a tedious and time-consuming experience, with long queues, security checks and paper documentation.

However, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched a new initiative called DigiYatra, which aims to provide a paperless and seamless travel experience to passengers by using facial recognition technology.

So, what DigiYatra is, how it works, and how to register for the service?

What is DigiYatra?

DigiYatra is a biometric-enabled seamless travel experience that uses facial recognition technology to provide a paperless and contactless travel experience to passengers.

The service is available at four airports in India, including Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi, and Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.

The service eliminates the need for paper documentation, as passengers' identities are verified through the facial recognition system linked to their boarding passes.

How does DigiYatra work?

To use DigiYatra, you need to download the DigiYatra app on your phone from the PlayStore if you have an Android phone, or from the App Store if you have an iPhone. After downloading the app, you will need to register using your mobile number.

They need to link their ID credentials using DigiLocker or Offline Aadhaar, upload a clear selfie with no obstructions and share their boarding pass on the DigiYatra application with the departure airport.

Once they have submitted these documents, their DigiYatra ID will be ready to use.

If they have submitted their Aadhaar details, their verification for DigiYatra will be done online as the Aadhaar card contains their biometric information.

However, if they have not submitted their Aadhaar details, they will need to verify their ID manually by contacting the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the airport.