The tourism industry is one of the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Most flights are still grounded, which makes it almost impossible to travel, and measures such as mandatory quarantine and the like have completely emptied out the airports, hotels, and food&frinks sector.
However, the tourism industry is moving forward with its plans hoping that the coronavirus vaccine will quickly revive tourism and travel.
The industry heads are coordinating their efforts to create a passport that would show if a traveler has been vaccinated against Covid-19. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced this week that the digital passport is in the final stages of development.
Of course, the passport itself would not exist in physical form as a passport-like document. Various companies are working on a digital solution in the form of an application that could be accessed by travelers and officials via a smartphone.
The digital passport would include information on whether the passenger has been tested and vaccinated against covid-19, and the information would be shared between governments, airlines, laboratories, and passengers.
Representatives of the health, travel, and tourism industries hope that the existence of such a digital document would reduce the possibility of the spread of the virus, and ensure a safe way to travel.
What will happen if you don’t get a Covid Passport?
Many airlines, in order to protect their business, are considering banning flights for all people who have not received the vaccine. However, it’s hard to expect the ban to apply to all age and health groups.
The critics of the Covid Passport idea are getting louder and more numerous. Even the indifferent part of the public thinks that the idea should be approached carefully.
World Health Organization, a UN agency responsible for international public health, warns that there is no evidence that people who got over Covid and have antibodies are protected from re-infection.
Also, the questions of privacy and potential discrimination still remain unanswered.
Who will have access to the data, how will it be used, and to what extent tourist facilities and airlines will strong-hold passengers and tourists are just some of the concerns that will be answered in the following months.
Conspiracy theorists and the biggest critics of this idea believe that the government, through pharmaceutical companies, imposes this idea on citizens and does not leave much room for maneuver.
But it is realistic to expect that Covid Passports will soon become a reality, and very likely an unavoidable need and requirement of all travels and airlines.