This story was originally published in February 2021 and was updated in January 2022.
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? Many people are longing to travel again and there are a number of countries implementing solutions that could help ease the world back into travel. While mandatory testing for Covid‑19 on departure or arrival (or both) and quarantine requirements are already in effect in many places, proof of vaccination against Covid‑19 is now required for anyone aged 12 or older to board domestic and international flights originating in Canada. They are also required enter many other countries.
What is a Covid‑19 vaccine passport?
A Covid‑19 vaccine passport functions as proof that you’ve received a specific Covid‑19 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 efforts underway globally to roll out digital vaccine passports.