Vaccines and vaccine passports have become an attractive option for governments to both stimulate travel and tourism to boost their economies, as well as protecting their citizens from the pandemic.

Travel has mostly been made possible through the acquisition of a negative PCR test certificate which is only valid for a short period of time.  Added to that – compulsory quarantine requirements in hotels or government institutions, which could be expensive and is a major deterrent as it is time consuming and costly in the long run.

The option of acquiring a ‘Vax-Passport’ offers an alternative that many countries and organisations welcome. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised it is working on a ‘Smart Yellow Card’ that they will roll-out globally, but they are unable to give a launch date at present.

Greece has already chosen to waive any quarantine rules for tourists that can prove that they have been inoculated against the coronavirus.  Cyprus, Estonia, Spain and Slovakia are all at some stage of developing its own certification of vaccination as a standard requirement for visitors.

Iceland has also developed its own certificates for citizens that have been vaccinated and Denmark and Sweden intend on implementing a digital vaccination passport that will allow international travel.

Some brands, such as the Australian national carrier, Qantas, advised that a vaccination certificate will be a requirement to fly with the carrier for international flights.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Travel Pass that informs all carriers of a traveller’s Covid Health Status – tests administered, vaccines allocated, and other measures required for travel – could be key to returning to full global mobility. This pass could give governments the confidence that they are mitigating the risk of allowing Covid into their countries.  It would be a safe, verifiable way to open borders and to get travellers in the skies again.


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