The Global Debate around “Vaccination Passports for Covid-19”

WTTC: “Vaccines will help in the long-term, but they must not be a requirement for travel.

The WTO calls for a Vaccination Passport; some countries are already using Apps to confirm vaccination status.


The vaccine rollout continues, and the global debate concerning the Covid-19 Vaccination Passports is open. Many world leaders have opposed the mandatory use of such a document, but others see it as urgent.

Although there is not official U.S. vaccination passport, some private groups have created apps that confirm vaccination status. Surveys reveal that of the 105 million fully vaccinated Americans, nearly half plan to travel this summer.

In England, travelers are already using the NHS App to prove they’ve been vaccinated, allowing them to travel abroad from England without having to quarantine upon return. In Europe, 12 countries and territories, including Portugal, Australia, and Iceland, are part of a so-called “green list” of safe destinations to visit.

WTTC & UNWTO speak out

The World Tourism & Travel Council, along with its international partners, the Airport Council International (ACI), the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), have been speaking out in favor of the reactivation since before the vaccine’s arrival, but they pointed out the possible vaccine passports as discriminatory.

“Vaccines will help in the long-term, but they must not be a requirement for travel. Governments must now demonstrate leadership by opening bilateral travel corridors on key international routes with countries that apply the same robust risk management processes”, stated the jointly issued message.

The entities also warned that waiting for those passports would further delay tourist recovery, given the urgency to reactivate and save the 174 million travel & tourism industry jobs at risk.

The WTTC and its partners believe vaccines can work alongside digital travel passes, such as CommonPass, AOK Pass, and IATA Travel Pass, to ensure consistent test result certification.

Meanwhile, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) launched the Global Tourism Crisis Committee convening key United Nations agencies and other international committees.

Committee began in 2021, and one of its first pronouncements was that the vaccination passport is an essential travel document that will help restore international tourism.

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