When was the last time you curled your toes in warm sand on a distant coastline? Or ticked a new destination off your bucket list? A longing to travel again is on many people’s minds, but there are a number of countries and organizations doing the work of exploring and implementing solutions that could ease the world back toward normalcy. Mandatory testing for Covid‑19 on departure or arrival (or both) and quarantine requirements are just some of the protocols that are slowly gaining more traction. A “Covid passport” is the latest avenue being pursued now that vaccines are becoming available. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a “Covid passport”?
A vaccine passport or “Covid passport” functions as proof that you’ve received a specific vaccine and have the necessary immunity to travel. Variations on the concept already exist, notes Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a professor with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Medicine and a member of Canada’s Covid‑19 Immunity Task Force. The immunization cards required by public schools in some jurisdictions and the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) required by certain countries for diseases like yellow fever are two examples. These have traditionally been paper‑based, but there are multiple efforts underway globally to roll out a digital pass.