‘COVID-passport’ for tourists who have had a coronavirus vaccine is in final stages of development amid reports airlines will BAN anyone who has refused the injection
- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is developing a digital ‘vaccination passport’
- They say it is crucial for vaccination data to be matched with a traveler’s identity if the tourism industry is to be quickly rebooted
- Therefore, a person’s vaccination history may be digitally linked to their physical passport in future
- No countries have yet declared that international arrivals will have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before they arrive at their borders
- Airlines have similarly not confirmed that they will mandate the vaccine
- However, if countries and airlines decide to do so, the ‘vaccination passport’ could become an essential component of international travel
Andrew Court – Daily Mail.com Nov 28, 2020
A leading travel industry association is developing a digital passport for international plane passengers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Saturday that it is in the final phase of developing the infrastructure for the passport, which could become an essential component in rebuilding the shattered tourism industry.
‘Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements,’ Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO, said in a statement obtained by The Hill.
Travelers who receive the COVID-19 shot will likely have confirmation of their vaccination digitally linked to their official passports.
The IATA says a ‘vaccination passport’ will bring peace of mind to potential tourists, and could quickly reboot mass travel across the globe.
Currently, no countries have declared that international arrivals will have to be vaccinated before they arrive at their borders.
However, it is theorized that some countries – including Australia and New Zealand – will be hesitant to let in visitors who have not had the shot, given that the virus has largely been controlled in those nations.
It is also currently unclear whether any airlines will mandate that passengers have the vaccine before they board their aircraft.
But if countries and airlines do decide to mandate the vaccine, then the ‘vaccination passport’ could become an essential component of travel.
Airlines for America, a trade association which represents major carriers, has stopped short of saying they will mandate the shot.
They currently state that US airlines are ‘committed to restoring service in a manner that prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and employees.’
However, Australian airline Qantas may mandate that all passengers take the vaccine.
CEO Alan Joyce said earlier this week that the carrier would implement the measure once the vaccine was made available to the public.
He predicted the rule would become standard practice around the world.