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Charting the trends – ‘no vaccine, no entry!’ This may not yet be widespread, but a growing number are now backing calls for vaccine passports

The potential to impose vaccine passports on international arrivals or even to access bars or restaurants will not please everybody, but it is a key part of the arsenal on offer to governments to combat COVID-19 spread. Canada, for example, has restricted arrivals to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents as part of its phased reopening. Others have adopted similar requirements.

While there does appear to be increasing support to the deployment of vaccine passports, huge concerns still remain on how this can be managed. There are numerous hurdles to overcome – not all vaccinations are seen as equal, while many people are exempt from vaccination on religious or health grounds. Then there is the issue of how to process proofs of vaccination, overcoming fraudulent claims, and when it comes to international travel, doing this all efficiently to avoid excessive border queues.

In the US, a growing number of cities started requiring people to show proof they have been inoculated against COVID-19 during Aug-2021 following a lead set by New York City. However, a number – led by Republican governors or legislatures – have prohibited the creation of so-called vaccine passports or have banned public entities from demanding proof of vaccination.

A nationwide survey from travel experience specialist Upgraded Points to gauge people’s opinions when it comes to vaccine passports reported a favourable response. Four in five respondents (81.8%) supported the idea of a vaccine passport. Baby boomers were the generation least likely to support it, but still more than three-quarters (77%) backed such a move.

Interestingly, half (51%) of unvaccinated people said they were more likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it were a requirement to travel domestically. More than half women (59%) and men (52%) said proof of vaccination should be required by airlines, hotels, and travel companies with a majority of respondents indicating transportation services (aeroplanes, trains, buses, and cruise ships) should have separate areas for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

It is already evident that the lack of an internationally recognised vaccine certification system is hindering the travel recovery as many travellers are being left confused about quarantine requirements and travel restrictions. With varying rules, some may opt for domestic trips, even though more international markets are now opening, dealing a blow to destinations that are dependent on international visitation.

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