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Vaccine passports: Who has them and how they work

With light at the end of the pandemic tunnel as inoculation drives allow Europe and other regions to start opening up from pandemic restrictions, more countries are implementing vaccine passport systems that will allow travellers to cross borders using a mobile phone app to verify they have been vaccinated.

With such proof, quarantine requirements at their destination of choice can be sidestepped and travel can begin to resume to normal.

While there is no one global system to electronically verify vaccination status, countries and regions are developing their own approach to digital jab certificates, while navigating issues surrounding equality and privacy.

 

Numerous countries are considering or developing coronavirus vaccine passports. Picture: iStock

 

 

UNITED STATES

 

The US does not currently have any requirements for international travellers to be vaccinated but does require those travelling to the US to test negative for Covid-19.

While the Biden administration has said it will not develop a federal vaccine passport that Americans would be forced to show within the US for domestic travel, it is currently considering creating a vaccine passport for Americans travelling overseas.

“We’re taking a very close look at that,” US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on national television.

Mr Mayorkas told ABC TV, the Biden administration wants to ensure that “any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised.”

A Homeland Security spokesman for Mr Mayorkas later clarified the statement to Forbes, and said he was referring to a passport “ensuring that all US travellers will be able to easily meet any anticipated foreign country entry requirements,” and that the US will not have any centralised vaccination database or credential.

“We’ve always said we’re looking at how we can ensure Americans travelling abroad have a quick and easy way to enter other…

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