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In 2020, travel was not only difficult but was restricted in many countries. However, as the COVID-19 vaccine starts to roll in, many people have asked how the vaccine will affect the future of travel. The main question is: will a vaccine be necessary in order to travel?
By the looks of it, the answer is yes! Many countries have started implementing a new travel rule only allowing travelers entry if they have a vaccine passport.
What is a vaccine passport?
A vaccine passport is a certificate that acts as digital or paper proof which shows that a traveler is vaccinated against COVID-19, has recently tested negative, or has recovered from the virus and has antibodies. With a vaccine passport or a travel pass, there are certain countries that are allowing entry of travelers holding this documentation and easing the restrictions or removing them together.
Countries that will allow entry with a vaccine passport by Summer 2021
While each country has a different policy and will start allowing visitors with a vaccine passport entry on different dates, here’s a list of countries that will allow travelers with a vaccine passport to enter and waive the quarantine restrictions:
Will a vaccine passport be essential for travel?
While many countries are facilitating travel for those holding a vaccine passport, it is still not a requirement for entry. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made its position clear by urging countries to refrain from imposing rules that include having a vaccine in order to travel. Their position is based on the currently limited vaccine availability, the unknown impact of vaccines, and whether they will reduce transmission of the virus or not.
While vaccines may not be a requirement yet, the vaccine passport will allow travelers into certain countries without having to quarantine. It is very likely that other countries and airlines will follow.
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Sources used in this article:
- Considerations regarding proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers – WHO
- What is a Vaccine Passport? – Web MD
- The 15 countries accepting vaccine passports this summer – The Telegraph
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