Vaccine passports will be ready for British travellers in time for return of summer holidays

Apr 22, 2021

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There is more encouraging news for U.K. residents who are counting the days until international travel resumes. COVID-19 passports that provide proof of vaccination against the virus will be available for travellers by the time the government gives the all-clear to resume overseas holidays, which is expected to be 17 May at the earliest.

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Officials with the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group were reportedly told that the British government will have digital proof of vaccination available to travellers in time to prevent disruption of holiday plans.

“We aim to give people the ability to prove their vaccine status by the time international travel restarts where other countries require it,” a government official said on a conference call, according to the Telegraph.

Providing an official “document of vaccination” has been widely expected to be necessary to make travelling abroad a seamless experience once the non-essential travel ban is lifted. It is expected that the use of the new vaccine passports will only be available for Brits leaving the U.K. and travelling to other countries.

However, it is unlikely that a digital COVID-19 passport, essentially an app with the proof of vaccination, negative test results and antibodies reports, will be ready in time for the restart of summer travel. This means a traditional paper certificate may be created.

Another positive development for travellers is that European health officials say travellers who can prove they’re vaccinated are low-risk enough that they may be able to bypass other countries’ testing and quarantine requirements.

“Requirements for testing and quarantine of travellers (if implemented) and regular testing at workplaces can be waived or modified for fully vaccinated individuals,” read findings from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC).

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